Twitter has today announced some new changes to their service that will allow them to stomp out the trolling community, which has been left to fester on the platform for some time now.

To cut this community down the service revealed some new plans today that will provide it with more tools to detect trolls, and then enforce rules upon them.

We are updating our violent threats policy so that the prohibition is not limited to “direct, specific threats of violence against others” but now extends to “threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against others.”

In order to enforce against these violations, Twitter has come up with a number of actions that its support staff will be able to use in order to combat trolls, this includes forcing users to delete Tweets from their account, verify their phone number, prohibiting certain actions from being taken on the site and locking abusive accounts.

Alongside that Twitter is also looking at ways that they can automatically detect trolls and try to stop them before their Tweets go to far.

“Second, we have begun to test a product feature to help us identify suspected abusive Tweets and limit their reach. This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a Tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive. It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as Tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content. This feature does not take into account whether the content posted or followed by a user is controversial or unpopular.”

It has yet to be seen if any of this will actually help, but until that time you can find out more about the changes at the source link below.

Source: Twitter Blog

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