Source: News Bharati English03 Mar 2017 16:15:44
California, March 3: Twitter is one of the sensitive social platforms where no. of twitteratis gets trolled easily or the events get sensationalized on the global level. To some extent this is harmful; hence Twitter has announced new updates that aim to restrict the abusive posts and harmful content. The new features include ignoring pings from accounts without an avatar, phone number, or verified email; new filtering options; timeline muting options.Harassers and spammers are frequently called "Twitter eggs" because the of the default white egg avatar. "Twitter egg" is now used as an insult. Twitter has long been criticized for letting bullies, racism propagate on the site. The latest updates are part of the company's ongoing efforts to address harassment.
Filtering Options: Twitter has introduced three new advanced filters that give you the option to mute notifications from accounts that:
- Use the default Twitter avatar (an egg)
- Haven’t verified their email address.
- Haven’t confirmed their phone number
Timeline Muting Options: With this update now you can decide how long you want to mute content from your timeline. Twitter gives you four options:
- 24 hours
- 7 days
- 30 days
Abusive / Harmful Content: When Twitter identifies an account that is engaging in abusive behavior, the platform will limit them so that only their followers can see their tweets. In addition, Twitter said it will notify you (via your Notifications tab) when they receive your report of an abusive account, and update you if they take “further action.”
Filtering options on the notifications page are on the verge of improving as you will be able to remove accounts that don't have a profile photo, or those that have unverified email addresses or phone numbers. Twitter users can also now mute words or conversations right from their timeline for a set amount of time. “Our platform supports the freedom to share any viewpoint, but if an account continues to repeatedly violate the Twitter Rules, we will consider taking further action,” Vice President of Engineering Ed Ho said.