Twitter is full of abuse, and it’s been one of the main issues for the platform for a while now. Twitter started taking actions against abuse on its platform back in November of last year, but the company today announced a couple of other new features the company is working on that aims to improve safety on the service.
The company is working on a new technology that will prevent banned users from creating new accounts on its service. The feature will essentially block users who got suspended due to abusive tweets or other reasons from creating new accounts on Twitter. This is really a big step forward for the company when it comes to handling abuse on its service — but whether it’ll actually work remains to be seen. Twitter is yet to provide details on how this feature actually works, so we aren’t quite sure whether this feature will work well or not. Identifying users who previously got banned can be quite difficult, and trolls will likely find a way around this pretty quickly. Still, it’s very nice to see Twitter finally taking actions against this kind of users.
Twitter is working on two other features that hope to improve safety within the service — firstly, the company is introducing safer search results which will automatically remove tweets containing sensitive content which will likely remove quite a lot of clutter from search results. If you want to view all tweets in search results, you’ll be able to disable this feature, according to Ed Ho, VP of Engineering at Twitter.
The company is also removing clutter from replies on tweets. Twitter will now automatically separate low-quality and “potentially abusive” tweets into a collapsable “Less Relevant Replies” section in tweets. This will allow you to read relevant replies to tweets, and remove things that aren’t so relevant and can potentially be abusive. Again, Twitter didn’t share details on how the feature actually works, so we’ll have to wait until this feature rolls out to users.
Twitter said in a blog post that the company is rolling out these new features and improvements over the coming days and weeks. The company says it’s listening to users feedback to make meaningful progress.