Twitter is cracking down on "troll-like behavior."
On Tuesday, the social media giant announced a major change to how users' behaviors will impact the visibility of their tweets. According to an announcement on its blog, Twitter will start using "new behavioral signals" to determine which users "distort and detract from the public conversation," and then use that determination to decide who gets to show up in certain searches and conversations, without having to wait for abuse reports. "Behavioral signals" that could lead you to being hidden include, but are not limited to, not confirming your email address, signing up for multiple accounts at the same time, repeatedly tweeting at or mentioning accounts that don't follow you, and/or engaging in other behavior that "might indicate a coordinated attack." And it's not just suspected trolls who will be impacted. According to the announcement, Twitter will also be "looking at how accounts are connected to those that violate our rules and how they interact with each other."
Twitter claims that early testing of this new approach has led to a "4% drop in abuse reports from search and 8% fewer abuse reports from conversations." Of course, this doesn't mean that the tweets from suspected trolls will be gone entirely. Because the content from users who are behaving badly may not necessarily violate Twitter's policies, it will stay on Twitter, and you'll still be able to see them by clicking on "Show more replies" or opting to see everything in search. Twitter also admitted that this is just one of several approaches intended to improve people's experiences on the platform, and that there will be "mistakes," "false positives," and "things we miss."
Still, it's a start. Historically, Twitter hasn't always been great about cracking down on actual abuse and harassment, at one point leading to a temporary boycott of the platform by some celebrities last October. Criticism of its approach has led to the implementation of new rules intended to reduce hate speech, and more rules were announced in February targeted specifically to people encouraging self-harm.
This latest improvement is part of a new initiative, announced by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in March, that aims to measure and improve the "collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation" on the platform. "We have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies, manipulation through bots and human-coordination, misinformation campaigns, and increasingly divisive echo chambers," Dorsey tweeted in March. "We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough."
"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. "This is the approach we now need."
Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/twitter-announces-new-initiative-to-hide-tweets-from-suspected-trolls/ar-AAxkFCp551