Twitter to launch new anti-harassment features

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Twitter has been waging a lengthy war with online bullies and trolls, introducing several key features over the past year or two.

Between filing multiple tweets in a single report and the ability share a list of blocked users, it’s definitely gone some way to fight harassment.

But Ed Ho, vice-president of engineering at Twitter, says the firm still has a long journey ahead.

“We’ll be rolling out a number of product changes in the days ahead. Some changes will be visible and some will be less so,” he tweeted.

“This week, we’ll tackle long overdue fixes to mute/block and stopping repeat offenders from creating new accounts,” the VP added.

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The executive also admitted that they didn’t “move fast enough” in 2016.

“Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus and we are now moving with more urgency than ever,” Ho concluded.

CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted the comments, adding his own thoughts to it.

“We’re taking a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter. Including having a more open & real-time dialogue about it every step of the way,” Dorsey tweeted.

Why do South Africans log in? The #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter hashtag covered it all.

Feature image: Marisa Allegra Williams via Flickr



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