Twitter to Start Hiding Bad Tweets

Doris Richards
May 15, 2018

So how is Twitter picking up on the trolls? It'll also hide tweets from people who mention accounts multiple times, without that account following them back.

Twitter announced Tuesday that it will implement new changes aimed at downplaying the visibility of "trolls" on its platform.

The result is that people contributing to the healthy conversation will be more visible while those that try to poison or undermine the debate with negativity will be digitally sidelined. But today, the company says it's doing something about it - something that has the potential to change how your Twitter feed looks.

Twitter says that while many posts do not break its rules, many are still be in poor taste or offensive to a large number of users.

According to Twitter, the majority of accounts reported make up less than 1 per cent of its total user base, which now stands at 336 million monthly active users, and it said much of what was reported didn't violate its rules.

Twitter said that it now uses policies, human review processes and machine learning to determine how tweets are organised and presented in communal areas such as conversations and search. Using a set of signals, the platform will now determine if an account, while not violating Twitter's terms of service, is using "behaviors that distort and detract from the public conversation".

Twitter is turning to a new tactic in the company's long-running battle against internet trolls: hiding their posts from view. Twitter will look for signals such as unconfirmed email addresses, multiple accounts opened by the same user, and repeated interactions with accounts that don't follow them. Some of these accounts and Tweets violate our policies, and, in those cases, we take action on them.

The company now uses a mixture of machine learning, human review processes and policies to determine how tweets are organised in conversations and search. However, if they don't violate Twitter rules, they will still be visible if people click on "show more replies", the company said.

No doubt attention-seeking trolls will be hopping with rage and crying censorship over the latest development, but Twitter said that early testing of the new tools in various markets around the world shows that keeping the negative commentary out of sight is having a positive impact. However, some believe it has not gone far enough and still has work to do.

The move is part of Twitter's attempts to improve what it describes as the health of public conversation on its platform.

In the blog post, Twitter said: "This technology and our team will learn over time and will make mistakes".

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