Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Twitter Is Testing A New Feature That Might Kill Trolls And Prevent Abuse

Social media and trolls go hand in hand, but no virtual space is as warm and welcoming for them as Twitter. The platform has always had a problem with trolls because it offers an easy and anonymous way to taunt users without facing real-world repercussions.

The anonymity of the Internet is responsible for this, and Twitter, with it’s simple and direct form of connecting people, is one of the most abused. In a string of tweets published on March 1, CEO Jack Dorsey expressed his discontent with users that take advantage of the medium while also taking some responsibility for the company’s  inability to catch these bots and trolls in time.

Twitter’s problem with trolls has a long history and it’s finally being addressed in a way that could change the website for the better.

Recently, the company released preliminary results of a test they conducted for their new troll filtering tactic. According to Mashable, this new feature provides a way for Twitter to identify and take measures against accounts that exhibit “trolling behavioral markers,” such as not having a verified email, and having a high amount of tweets directed a people whose accounts they don’t follow.

While this feature is not fool proof and is still in its testing stages, it’s a good starting place that’s looking to create a better environment for users without censoring them. The true goal is to filter out negative content. Trolls will still be able to tweet whatever they want, they just won’t have an audience.



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