Twitter To Tackle Abusive Tweets

Twitter is wading into waters that many employers continue to avoid –  the problem of abuse and harassment on its platform.

Twitter’s vice-president of engineering, Ed Ho, stated in a  blog post  Tuesday that Twitter’s primary focus in the weeks ahead will be “making Twitter a safer place.”

Specifically,  Twitter plans to:

  • Identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts.
  • Establish a “safe search” protocol that removes Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts.
  • Collapse potentially abusive or low-quality tweets so the most relevant conversations are brought forward. Users will still have the option to  see the “less relevant” Tweets.

If Twitter can address the problem of abusive conduct on its massive international social media platform, shouldn’t employers address the problem in their workplaces?

Twitter already has expanded its Mute tool, which lets people  block  keywords, phrases and  conversations they do not want to see.  Last year, Twitter updated its block button so users could avoid tweets from blocked users altogether.

“We stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic. That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices.We won’t tolerate it, and we’re launching new efforts to stop it,” writes Ho.

 

Comments

  1. Great segue, excellent point. However, once again, I must point out the obvious, that in the era of a presidential candidate, president elect and now a president, who has not held himself back from bully talk towards opposition, press, disadvantaged and minority populations and individuals, much less, towards anyone person or group that opposes his POV, it is hard to imagine that there will be much energy to be found for a policy intended to curb these exact same behaviors in everyday lives in the workplace. He does not seem to recognize that HIS OWN words, made even more powerful the nature of his office must be used extra judiciously when defending a position or declaring opposition to an idea, or an action by his citizenry. Kudos to Twitter. I am not a big user, but when I have gone on, I am repelled by the trash talk…such a waste of time, energy, devoid of all wisdom and soul. I find myself annoyed that I even bothered to read those types of comments. I usually get off quickly as a result.

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