Early this year Twitter’s chief executive Dick Costolo admitted that the short-form social network needed to improve its ability to deal with online abuse, and it looks like they are finally putting those words into action. New algorithms have been added to the service which will detect threatening and abusive language, as well as scan for context, and will block tweets from a user’s timeline if it deems the content goes too far.
Before we all start celebrating, there are some limitations for now. Only verified users (those with blue ticks by their name) will qualify for these new filters for now, and the algorithms in question are only available in the app for Apple devices. Of course, there will be an option to turn off the new feature, allowing users to have an unfiltered experience if they so wish.
Via Sky News