Twitter has intensified the war against harassment and hate speech. Starting today it has announced new features that will help individual combat harassment and also shield them from the same. The first and the most interesting feature is the ability to mute selected words. Don’t like to hear about something? Simply mute that word for a day, month or even a week.
Fake accounts have been gallivanting in the world of Twitter causing hate and fear. Most of these profiles don’t bother to change their display pictures from the default egg. You can mute such accounts and also other accounts that don’t come with confirmed email addresses or even phone numbers. Twitter has also been trying to curb the abusive behavior and as a result is allowing only a person’s direct followers to see their Tweet that too for a specific time frame.
Furthermore, Twitter will be adopting a more proactive approach and will update the users with the status of their harassment report, whether abuse has been reported to you or you have reported against someone else. While one might argue that the changes will not stop the harassment I would beg to differ since it’s always a step at a time. The measures will surely clamp down Twitter abuse and perhaps Twitter can introduce other severe measures as well. Twitter has been fighting the abuse which has apparently been one of the biggest problems the social networking site is facing. Also, one can directly report individual Tweets by clicking on the “…” icon and select “Report.”
Twitter has been struggling to rake in revenues and last year they lost more than $400 million, this has to lead the company to shift its focus towards ramping up their video efforts and will leverage using Periscope. Also, Twitter has been losing its foothold globally after countries including China, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Pakistan, and Syria have blocked the access for reasons said to be political in nature.