Twitter Doubles Down on Safety With Expanded Filter Options and Quicker Response Times

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    Twitter today announced a list of new features for the web and mobile that plan to leverage the company's learning technology to drastically reduce harassment on the service.

    The updates will place more tools in the hands of the users to "control your experience," and overall Twitter said it intends to be more vocal and "communicate more clearly" about the actions it takes in the realm of online safety.

    The company's first step is an overall boost to its learning algorithms that it says can detect when accounts are violating the Twitter Rules repeatedly, or otherwise engaging in abusive behavior, and take actions prior to even getting a digital abuse report from other Twitter users. Abusive accounts will then face repercussions, "such as allowing only their followers to see their Tweets."
    In terms of tools, users will now have even more filtering options for notifications so that basic "egg" accounts with a profile photo, and those with an unverified email address or phone number, can all be filtered out completely. Expanding on the mute feature implemented last November, users will be able to more easily gain access to mute words or entire conversations right from the Twitter timeline. A length of time can now be selected as well, so content can be muted for one day, one week, one month, or indefinitely.

    After negative press surrounded Twitter for its inaction towards anti-harassment measures on the site, the company noted in its blog post that a big point moving forward will be "continuing to improve the transparency and openness of our reporting process." So on a big scale the company plans to be more consistent with its safety feature rollouts, and on a small scale it said that users will be notified more often about Tweets and accounts they've reported, from the moment the report comes in to the measures Twitter takes in dealing with the situation.

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    The report updates will be visible in the Notifications tab on Twitter.com and the Twitter iOS app. The company admitted that the process towards a more widespread sense of safety on the social network isn't easy, and referenced the mistakes it's made in the past, like when it decided to turn off notifications every time users are added to a list. At the time, users pointed out how oddly anti-safe that move was, which placed them even more in the dark about who was interacting with their Twitter profile.
    Online safety has become a big concern for many social networks. Besides Twitter, Instagram has updated its app to let users moderate keywords that appear in the comments of their posts, as well as turn comments off completely. Facebook today also announced a suite of new suicide prevention tools aimed at leveraging AI systems and contacting at-risk users based on their actions within comments, posts, and Facebook Live videos.

    Today's updates follow safety tweaks introduced by Twitter in February where it updated how users report abusive Tweets, prevented the creation of new abusive accounts, created safer search results, collapsed "low-quality" Tweets in conversations, and reduced notifications from conversations initiated by blocked or muted users. The new updates will be rolling out globally in the coming days and weeks.

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    A more accurate headline "Twitter Doubles Down on Censorship". It dovetails nicely with the upcoming book by Vox Day, "SJWs Always Double Down". Watching Twitter collapse and go bankrupt is a real pleasure. Proud to be on the free speech superior alternative to Twitter, GAB. Thankfully the antics of the progressive control-freaks are not welcome there.
     
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    private CO, they can do as they wish.
     
  4. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

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    That statement doesn't contradict anything he said.
     
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    I was not trying to contradict him............anyways what is GAB????
     
  6. alchemistmuffin macrumors 6502

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    ENOUGH.

    If you have to post that warning to post related to something like Twitter, Don't allow comments at all. All you will end up is inviting troll and shouting matches
     
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    Now the poor whinny celebs wont get their feelings hurt so much when someone calls them out on their illogical, irrational and completely idiotic opinions. Love when celebs try to "influence" normal-folk with their idiocy.
     
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    All Americans whether famous or not have free speech. If you don't like it, well you can unfollow them.
     
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    Nobody is claiming otherwise. But stifling speech the CEO disagrees with has caused a lot of twitter users to move on to freer alternatives. Dorsey's poor understanding of this obvious truth is leading to twitter's demise.
     
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    I find it really disheartening when I see disrespectful and hurtful comments online. YouTube comments are the worse that I've seen, but Twitter has been another area where I've seen an increase in ignorant and childish behaviour.

    Hiding behind a fake persona does not make the internet a better place. I say keep it real, show your real face, use your real name (or a recognizable nickname), and just play it safe. No need to hide your basic identity.
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    America != the world. Just wanted to point that out.
     
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    in a reasonable world, putting your real name out there would be fine. But given how the Left cherishes the politics of personal destruction, most recently in their practice of swatting their political opponents, you'd be a fool to given them anything they could use to attack you.
     
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    Do you dance? :p
     
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    The blocking of "egg accounts" is a good step. Those are all bots, and there is no reason one would want any interaction with them. Sure, bot makers can start setting up more elaborate fake accounts, but it makes it harder for them.
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    Yeah, but it's contained in this thread, so whatever. I assume MacRumors has the server capacity for it.
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    I can see these features being useful for quickly ignoring trolls and fake accounts, but only for convenience reasons. How are these "safety" features? If reading dumb posts on the Internet is dangerous for you, you have some serious problems.
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    You're on a forum right now that has censorship much stricter than Twitter's. And no, the reason Twitter is going bankrupt has nothing to do with a few people switching to obscure free sites. It's just that Twitter can't figure out how to make profit, and their junk is becoming less cool now that Snapchat and whatever other junk is popular.
     
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    How could you possibly know that to be the case? Because Jack Dorsey said so?

    When you alienate conservatives from your business, that's a significant chunk of revenue.
     
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    Pretty sure we are all aware of that.
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    Also, I agree. That's why I generally use this Profile name everywhere. Anyone wanting to hate can find me easily. Say it to my face like a man.
     
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    Just love that these companies keep exposing there LIBERAL FASCIST HYPOCRISY
    To everyone.
    Apple's Tim Cook happens to be The biggest Hypocrite of all thou !!
    Tim opens Apple stores in Middle East countries who support Sharia Law that Calls for the Killing of Gays and subversiveness of woman !!
    Then preaches about tolerance and aceptiveness to the rest of us.
    God I Miss SJ !!
     
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    When I hear stories like that I LOL!!!

    Like the Liberal Ecco Chamber (Oscar's ceremony). They focused so much on bashing POTUS, they did that fiasco.
     
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    I have a friend of mine who left his religion of peace and started a group on Facebook to criticize his former religion few months later his page was closed and the reason was because it hurt some religious people's feelings same thing happened on Twitter with a temporary ban (warning). It's all about people's feelings I guess. I think we all should re-read George Orwell's 1984
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    There are people in the Middle-East and elsewhere who are against sharia law for example and express it on YouTube and Twitter they are sometimes banned by these companies who accuse them of hate speech and religionphobia and if they use their real name they risk jail time, torture and even death for apostasy.
     
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    How are they alienating conservatives? It looks like they're just alienating alt-right people who want to post intentionally offensive things like Nazi stuff on there. Twitter was the home of Trump supporters this past election season, and analysts believed Trump significantly increased their number of active users.

    I say they aren't losing users because they aren't, according to their last report. At their last earnings call (Q4 2016), they reported that they had a strong user base but stagnant revenue and heavy losses. They can't figure out how to make money. That's why the stock market looked at them negatively.
     
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    Now with twice the censorship, safe space, and social justice.
     
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    I'm not a fan of ugly comments online, but you're using a fake persona right now. Why? So am I, and that's because nobody online needs to know who I am. No point in creating risks.

    Also, for computer security reasons, you should avoid the same screen name on multiple sites. What if MacRumors gets hacked? They'll get some information that they can use to maybe attack other accounts that are secure. Worst case, you used the same password (which you also shouldn't do), and they stole it. If not, maybe other information they take can help if they're able to establish a link between your accounts.
     
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    Your use of "alt-right" explains why you don't see bias when it comes from the ctrl-left.

    Your take is strange given that twitter has been losing users:

    The social media company reported Wednesday that it lost 2 million users in the last three months of 2015. Shares plummeted as much as 12% in after-hours trading.​
     
  25. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Singling out one quarter over a year ago where a loss in users has happened doesn't exactly seem to imply what it is being used to support, in particular since the numbers have been going up prior and since that, with the latest numbers being up 2 million users (which is 14 million more since the mentioned 2015 numbers): https://www.statista.com/statistics/282087/number-of-monthly-active-twitter-users/
     

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