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Twitter blocks aggressive users permanently

08.02.2017, 14:43

Twitter is taking more steps to fight abuse and harassment on its service, unveiling new efforts that include preventing repeat offenders from being able to create new accounts.

Twitter will now begin to identify people or organizations that have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts.

The steps to block chronic abusers “focuses more effectively on some of the most prevalent and damaging forms of behavior, particularly accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others,” Ed Ho, Twitter’s VP of engineering, noted.

As part of the new efforts announced Tuesday, Twitter said it is working on a “safe search” feature, which removes tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. “While this type of content will be discoverable if you want to find it, it won’t clutter search results any longer,” Ho wrote.

Twitter also is developing ways to identify and “collapse” potentially abusive and low-quality replies in users’ notifications (although all tweet replies will still be accessible if you want to read them).

The company says it’s not done with its anti-harassment campaign

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