“We stand for freedom of expression and making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus,” the company said Tuesday while launching new efforts to stop abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices.
To this end, an improvement to reporting abusive Tweets for people experiencing targeted harassment was introduced last week, giving people more ways to report it. Today, three new changes including: “stopping creation of new abusive accounts,” “bringing forward safer search results,” and “collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets” is introduced to the micro-blogging platform.
Stopping creation of new abusive accounts: those people involved have been identified, are permanently suspended and have been stopped from creating new accounts, says Twitter.
Safer search results introduced today, removes potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from Twitters search results. The company notes, “these type of content will still be discoverable, though it won’t clutter search results any longer.”
Collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets, bring forward the most relevant conversations. However, these tweet replies can still be accessible by those who seek them out. This change rolling out in the coming weeks.
Lastly, the company notes, more product changes – some visible and some less so will continue rolling out in the days and weeks ahead. “With every change, we’ll learn, iterate, and continue to move at this speed until we’ve made a significant impact that people can feel,” said twitter.