February 12, 2017

"Twitter is trying to shake its reputation as a haven for online harassment."

CNN: The social media company announced a new set of features Tuesday to combat hateful and abusive content. by Sherisse Pham

'The changes include preventing serial abusers from creating new accounts, a new "safe search" function and blocking potentially abusive and "low-quality" tweets from appearing in conversations, Twitter's engineering chief Ed Ho said in a blog post.

'Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) is working on identifying users that have been permanently suspended and prevent them from creating new accounts, Ho said. This new measure specifically targets "accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others," he said, a problem that has long plagued the platform.

'The new safe search function prevents tweets that are abusive, or from blocked and muted accounts, from appearing in users' search results. Those tweets can still be found if people want to see them, but they "won't clutter search results any longer," Ho said.'

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