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Twitter to crack down online abuse, hate speech with ‘safe search’ feature and more

The company has announced that it will stop the creation of new abusive accounts, bringing forward safer search results, and collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets.

In order to crack down harassment, hate speech and online abuse, microblogging site Twitter have introduced new safety features. The company has announced that it will stop the creation of new abusive accounts, bringing forward safer search results, and collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets.

Twitter said that it is taking steps to identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts. The move is primarily focused on the accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others.

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The company is working on a ‘safe search’ option which will remove all the Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. And lastly, Twitter is also working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward. All the changes are expected to roll out in the coming weeks.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to roll out product changes – some changes will be visible and some less so – and will update you on progress every step of the way. With every change, we’ll learn, iterate, and continue to move at this speed until we’ve made a significant impact that people can feel,” said Ed Ho, VP of Engineering, Twitter, in a blog post.

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Meanwhile, as reported earlier, Twitter was recently reported to have more than 3.5 lakh fake Twitter accounts. As claimed by two researchers from the University College London, Juan Echeverria Guzman and Shi Zhou, these accounts are usually used to push fake news and spamming.

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