March 31, 2015
Twitter wants to put an end to cyberbullying on its popular social platform. CEO Dick Costolo recently addressed the issue in an internal memo and mentioned plans to intervene against abusive Twitter users whenever possible. Among those plans is the “quality filter,” a feature designed to help verified users remove inappropriate, offensive and abusive Tweets from their notifications timeline. As of now, the new feature is only available to iOS users with verified Twitter accounts.
According to TechCrunch, since verified users typically have more followers, their timelines are more likely to have a greater amount of trolls. That is not to say that Twitter doesn’t also have a plan to help non-verified users as well.
Already, the company has launched two anti-harassment tools available to all users. “These include a feature that makes it easier for people to report abuse to law enforcement and a suite of tools designed to make it faster to report different kinds of harassment, especially for users on Twitter’s mobile apps,” TechCrunch reports.
A more ambitious plan aims to identify and delete those accounts of users that abuse the company’s policies against harassment by tracking them down using their phone numbers.
In an internal memo back in early February, Costolo said that Twitter is “going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them,” The Verge reports.