Twitter’s new tools make banning dickheads easier

During the height of the ferals rubbish and Dirty Politics I received thousands of death threats, threats of violence and endless trolling from righteous left twats.

I blocked literally thousands of people. It took a great deal of effort, but the result was I don’t have to listen anymore to a constant stream of dribbly lefties and their sanctimonious preaching.

Twitter has had a constant problem in how to deal with these online thugs and bullies and have now deployed a suite of tools to help.

Boing Boing summarises the changes:

Messages identified as abusive will not appear on notification timelines, thanks to a new filtering system designed to prevent harassment from being seen by its targets.

Twitter is also tightening its terms of service, banning indirect threats and formalizing its suspension system.

The changes are among the first to show up since CEO Dick Costolo said he was “frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue” in a recent interview.

The criterion for detecting abusive messages involve new accounts and the use of language similar to earlier messages flagged as abusive. Such tweets will not be removed–they will simply be blocked automatically from view.   

“This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a Tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive. It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as Tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content,” Shreyas Doshi, Twitter’s head of product management, wrote in an official blog post.

While direct threats of violence have long been explicitly forbidden on Twitter, the new rules mean that language intended to “promote violence against others” will also be disallowed.

“Our previous policy was unduly narrow and limited our ability to act on certain kinds of threatening behavior. The updated language better describes the range of prohibited content and our intention to act when users step over the line into abuse,” wrote Doshi.

If only I had those tools a year ago. Oh well, it is for the best.

One thing though, that i keep telling clients and politicians…don’t make the mistake of thinking Twitter is the real world…it isn’t. No one actually cares what Keith Ng or Peter Aranyi or Bryce Edwards has to say except maybe 10 other people.

I told one car firm who didn’t want to talk to me that the people who were threatening them with boycotts aren’t their target demographic anyway…they still didn’t listen and now I drive a better and more robust ute anyway…with a firm that doesn’t care what a bunch of moaning lefty twats think backing me.

– Boing Boing


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