Twitter threaten abusers with lockdown

22 April 2015

Twitter - FAIL? People, for some reason, like shouting at strangers on the internet. HEY BUDDY! I HOPE YOU GET CROHN'S DISEASE AND SOMEONE MOWS YOUR MA DOWN WITH A STEAMROLLER! all over something daft.

For example, someone jokingly suggested Sue Perkins for Top Gear, which saw people sending her death threats. Some of these people are actual adults with actual jobs. Some people thought they'd threaten to sexually assault a woman for suggesting that Jane Austen should be on the £10 note.

Imagine getting arrested or a criminal conviction for something as lame as that?

With that, Twitter want to try and tackle the situation, which will no doubt see some people shrieking like someone with a 2-bar heater in the bath with them: WHAT ABOUT MY HUMAN RIGHTS?! WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH?! While others will just set up a sock-puppet account and carry on as normal, like they're notorious MP [comment removed under legal advice].

There's a couple of policy changes which is looking at this. Twitter will allow its support team to lock abusive accounts for periods, then ask users to confirm their phone number, while asking them to delete certain tweets.

Shreyas Doshi, director of product management at Twitter, said: "The updated language better describes the range of prohibited content and our intention to act when users step over the line into abuse. 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."

Now, the Twitter policy has got rid of 'direct, specific threats of violence against others' and is now stating that 'threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against others' is not acceptable. You can still call them names though, so don't worry.

Do remember this though: if you're concerned that you aren't being allowed to say what you want on a social media platform or indeed, in the comments on a websites, your freedom of speech isn't under threat because you can still go and set up a Tumblr account or whatever, and spout off about whatever you want, whenever you want. So stop crying like a big internet baby.

TOPICS:   Social Media

What do you think?

Connect with Facebook, Twitter, or just enter your email to sign in and comment.

Your comment