Twitter fights abuse by making it easier to hide abuse

Twitter has updated its interface to reduce notifications and to improve the quality of tweets. Is this a step toward addressing claims that it allows harassers to reign free?

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Twitter is tackling its harassment concerns by making changes to the user experience. Today, the company announced ways users can enjoy Twitter without the abuse.

Changes include being able to limit notifications only to people you follow on Twitter (if opted in; otherwise, the experience remains unchanged) and a quality filter, now open to all users. This option can also be turned on to improve the quality of tweets, focusing on account age and user behavior.

This is one step in the direction of an attempt to address pressing concerns that Twitter acts as a platform for free speech at the expense of extreme harassment and damaging statements. Still, while filtering out content may work, it doesn’t eliminate the harassment. Here’s hoping Twitter will address that issue, too.

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Tamar Weinberg
Tamar Weinberg is a professional hustler and author of The New Community Rules: Marketing on The Social Web. She blogs about all things tech, productivity, and social media customer success at Techipedia. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, among other sites.

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