Twitter amps up censorship: Hides bad tweets

Twitter amps up censorship: Hides bad tweets

This realization presents a unique challenge for the team: how can they proactively address troll-like behavior that distorts and detracts from the public conversation on Twitter that doesn't violate policies? But if an account tweets at multiple other accounts with the same message, and some of them reply or hit the "heart" button, Twitter will assess the interactions as welcome.

While these tweets will not be fully removed from the platform, Dorsey shared with Reuters that the goal is to reduce the burden from those that are receiving abuse. But today, the company says it's doing something about it - something that has the potential to change how your Twitter feed looks. Just a few examples include if an account has not confirmed their email address, if the same person signs up for multiple accounts simultaneously, accounts that repeatedly Tweet and mention accounts that don't follow them, or behavior that might indicate a coordinated attack. In tests, the company found that this method decreases abusive tweets by eight percent. In early testing, Twitter said it has seen a four percent drop in abuse reports from search and an eight percent decline in abuse reports from conversations. That means fewer people are seeing Tweets that disrupt their experience on Twitter, the company said in a blog post.

Twitter said that it now uses policies, human review processes and machine learning to determine how tweets are organised and presented in communal areas such as conversations and search.

"There are many new signals we're taking in, most of which are not visible externally", the post reads.

Twitter is cracking down on "troll-like behavior".

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"We've focused most of our efforts on removing content against our terms, instead of building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking", he added in a follow-up tweet. Twitter said it would also look at how these accounts interacted with and were linked to those users who did violate Twitter's rules.

"Because this content doesn't violate our policies, it will remain on Twitter, and will be available if you click on "Show more replies" or choose to see everything in your search setting", it said. And once you name is on the list, Twitter will hide your tweets so no one sees them.

The move is part of Twitter's attempts to improve what it describes as the health of public conversation on its platform.

Twitter's new approach is still pretty much work in progress, and could take some time to get used to.

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