Twitter introduces anti-trolling measures with its latest update

Twitter has adopted a crusading stance on trolling and harassment happening on its social network service. Over the last few weeks, the company introduced an update that improved its reporting tool, stifled the creation of abusive accounts, and revamped its search tool to remove content and Tweets from accounts that users have blocked.

Today, Twitter's VP of engineering Ed Ho announced another safety-oriented update that builds upon Twitter's previous efforts. You will now be able to mute specific words, usernames, and accounts with the default "egg" avatar as well as those that have not verified their e-mail addresses or phone numbers. Words can be muted for a day, week, month or indefinitely. 

Furthermore, Mr. Ho declared that Twitter will be leveraging its technology to reduce abusive content: 

Finally, the social media will make its whole reporting process a lot more transparent. Users will be alerted when any potential reports that they've created have been received by Twitter's support teams, and they will also be notified if further action is taken on their case. 

source: Twitter via recode



1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Ah, the whole 'thought crimes' angle.

2. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

It's a nice first step. The reason free press worked back in the days was because they all followed an agreed upon level of ethics, to keep news reports as close to facts as they could. The problem with the internet is, it's too easy to profit big(ly) from people and organisations spamming "alternative facts", as that naturally generates a lot of triggered responses, which means big revenue for services like social media, forums and website publishing tools like wordpress. Hopefully, the ones who will not follow commons sense and apply ethics to what they allow people to post will be regulated by law.

9. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Are alternate facts actually untrue or more of what someone refuses to see / hear? Just wondering.

3. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Twitter is a dying platform. Jack Dorsey ruined the great platform once called twitter. Now it's just TWATTER.

10. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Excess political correctness will eventually cause the demise of everyone and everything. I'm just glad I got to live for a few decades (no internet during that time coincidentally or not) before it really got out of control.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

PA should do the same thing towards the likes of Arte and Hallyu and snake boy Vincent Liu.

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

Techie, Trojan, few others included. When you say something that they'll never believe in even though its empirically true, they call you a ranter/troll/lier, defitnition of reverse trolls I ain't gonna say that they are on the level of purposeful ignorant trolling like Arte and few others but they are reverse biased fanboy trolls well who tune everything out when Samsung isnt mentioned

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

These bunch are the worst. PA should really do something about them.

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Agreed. That self proclaim expert is the worst. No need to call people stupid because they don't spend their money on what he thinks is the best. If he feels entitled to keep a recalled phone. Good for him. Leave others alone.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31541; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

PA needs this for Arte8800 AKA Z......

11. civicsr2cool

Posts: 277; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

What even is Free Speech?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.