Twitter’s new tools will put abusers in check

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Twitter is temporarily decreasing the reach of tweets from users it believes are engaging in abusive behaviour.

The temporary suspension of the account reduces the reach of the tweet to people who donot follow them, even though the person retweet it the tweet will not be visible to people that do not follow them.

Those whose accounts were acted upon  shared the screenshot of the notification  and the language there-in is same. The email read thus; “We’ve detected some potentially abusive behavior from your account, so only your follower can see your activity on Twitter for the amount of time shown below.”

But in recent days, Twitter has begun to act as if it would take the problem more seriously.

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The earlier actions of twitter on this behaviour was that Twitter will hide tweets that were unhelpful or offensive from conversation threads. But instead of just hiding abusive tweets (with an option to click to see them if you wanted), Twitter is also now actively stopping abusers from being able to spread their content more publicly.

Twitter’s efforts here will be seen by some as quashing free speech. The Drudge Report tweeted a link about it with the headline “TWITTER Readies Speech Crackdown.” Indeed, the company that once thought of itself as “the free speech wing of the free speech party” has done some soul-searching and come to the determination that in service of protecting its users, the description no longer fits.

 

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