Twitter want to tackle abuse and harassment

9 February 2016

Twitter-Logo1 Twitter annoyed everyone last week, because of rumours about changes that where supposed to be coming. There's talk of timelines going out of order, and a filter being put in place as seen on Facebook, given priority to certain tweets and the like.

While this is mostly rumour, Twitter have come out and talked about one thing they'll be doing - they are promising to do more to tackle harassment and abuse on their pages. They're going to put together a new 'safety council', who will be made up of charities and experts, in a bid to put the scuppers on harassment.

We'll be seeing this rolled out throughout the year, and of course, some people will cry that this is anti freedom of speech. Of course, it isn't - you're still free to speak your mind on the internet, just not wherever you please - just like if you say something dodgy down the pub and you get barred, certain sites have house rules which must be respected. Besides, you can always go on 4chan if you're desperate to speak your mind.

Twitter UK’s head of policy, Nick Pickles, said: "I don’t think we will have all the answers, but it is important to seek expertise in these still very young issues. We want to make sure we hear different views and think about these challenges in the fullest and most nuanced way."

Of course, Twitter has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to stop people being bullied or hounded and what have you. A lot of people have received a lot of death threats, been doxxed (look it up) and generally been given dog's abuse for having an opinion on something. Both left and right leaning people have been dragged backwards through virtual hedges.

You might recall that Twitter's old CEO Dick Costolo said: "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years."

Either way, Twitter are looking at making their platform safer, which is obviously going to be met with some people testing their luck and pushing boundaries to see what they can get away with it. Do yourself a favour and mute those try-hards.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Consumer Advice

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