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Twitter rolls out three new features to make the platform safer

By Ciara Alarcon - on 8 Feb 2017, 12:44pm

Twitter rolls out three new features to make the platform safer

Twitter has announced three new features to make the platform safer – stopping the creation of new abusive accounts, bringing forward safer search results, and collapsing potentially abusive or low quality tweets.

“Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus. We stand for freedom of expression, and people being able to see all sides of any topic. That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices. We won’t tolerate it. And we’re launching new efforts to stop it,” Ed Ho, Vice President of Engineering, Twitter, said.

Stopping the creation of new abusive accounts - Twitter is learning how to identify users who have been permanently suspended, with this, the social media will be able to stop them from creating new accounts. This focuses particularly on accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others.

Introducing safer search results - Twitter is also working on ‘safe search’ which removes tweets that contain sensitive content, and tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results.

Collapsing potentially abusive or low quality tweets - Twitter has been working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward.

All these three features are rolling out globally, however, some algorithms are language specific, and will roll out first in English before in all languages available on Twitter.