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Twitter Launches 'Hide Replies' Features, Announces Progress On Making The Platform "Healthier"

Earlier this month, Twitter confirmed that it would release features to control the amount of replies user received on tweets. The company said today that its “hide replies” feature will officially launch in June , giving users more control over their conversations. The newest announcement comes after a few Twitter updates set to make the company’s user experience more pleasant. Twitter, like many other social media platforms, has been battling an influx of hate speech over the past few years. Twitter has banned dehumanizing speech, suspended hundreds of thousands of robot and abusive accounts and updated its reporting processes to target user violations on its platform. But some of Twitter’s efforts fall flat. The company said that it would begin labeling tweets from some public figures that break its rules under its public interest clause. Direct threats won’t be tolerated; however, the lines seem to be blurred on the other types of offenses public figures can toy with. Twitter...

Apr 16, 2019

2018 Was A Record Year For Online Hate and Harassment

If logging on to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platforms in the past year may have felt draining, you’re most likely not imagining it. Facebook became a cesspool for online harassment in 2018, a new survey from the Anti-Defamation League shows . More than half (56%) of the survey’s respondents said they experienced hate through Facebook. Twitter and YouTube clocked in at 19 percent and 17 percent respectively for survey participants saying they were harassed on the platforms. Photo: Anti-Defamation League According to the Anti-Defamation League , 32 percent of Americans reported that the harassment they received was because of their sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, gender identity or disability. Twitter has updated its community standards, while YouTube is now working to alter features on its products to curtail some of the negative behavior. Earlier this month, YouTube announced that it is working on ways to stop “dislike campaigns” on videos by large...

Feb 14, 2019

Twitter Removes 10,000 Accounts Linked to Discouraging Voting in Midterm Elections

Midterm elections are right around the corner and Twitter is still dealing with misinformation on it’s platform. Friday, the social media giant revealed that it’s removed more than 10,000 accounts linked to targeted misinformation campaigns since late September. Twitter was notified by the Democratic Party and said the removed accounts violated its policies. The social media company and other platforms have been criticized as their websites are used to spread misinformation, propaganda and as a place for hate speech and violence. Last week, Twitter said it lost more than 9 million accounts after the company began aggressively removing robot and spam accounts from the platform. In September Twitter updated its usage policy forbidding the use of dehumanizing language emphasizing its efforts to remove problematic content. The updated policy does not focus on voter suppression and misinformation and the company has been criticized by lawmakers for not proactively removing bot accounts....

Nov 6, 2018

Twitter Loses 9 Million Users After Bot Sweep

Twitter experienced another hit of nearly 9 million monthly users last quarter after the company began aggressively removing bots, spam and harassing accounts. The platform also lost 1 million users the quarter prior. “In Q3, we made progress preventing spammy or suspicious new account creation by requiring new accounts to confirm either an email address or phone number when they sign up to Twitter, and we improved the detection and removal of previously banned accounts who attempt to evade suspension by creating new accounts,” Twitter said in a quarterly filing. In September, Twitter released a policy banning accounts from using dehumanizing language to people and groups, marking another move to make the platform a safer space for users. The company said it is expecting more declines as it continues to sweep the platform of problematic accounts and users. “We do see health [of the platform] as a growth vector over the long term,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said during a call with...

Oct 26, 2018

Twitter Wants To Ban 'Dehumanizing' Speech

In an effort to make its platform safer for all its users, Twitter has banned dehumanizing speech — and it’s letting users weigh in. On Tuesday, the company announced in a blog post , that it is expanding its hateful conduct policy and has developed new rules to rid itself of profiles that post “content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target. ” Twitter defines dehumanizing speech as language that denies other individuals and identifiable groups of human qualities or human nature. Essentially, calling someone or a group an animal, virus, or genitalia will get you kicked off of the platform. “Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalizing serious violence,” the company said. Twitter has previously received backlash for allegations of bias when suspending and banning users who violated its behavior policies. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has...

Sep 26, 2018