Twitter Said An Abuse-Free Platform Was A Priority. Here’s A Progress Report

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Written by Ann Brown
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The folks at Twitter want to let you know they hear your concerns about online abuse and have taken action. Others say the social media platform has a lot more to do.

On its blog, Twitter announced that it is a safer platform now.

“We want people to feel safe on Twitter. Last year, we shared that building a Twitter free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is our top priority. Since then, we’ve made strides in creating a healthier service,” Twitter announced.

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“We want people to feel safe on Twitter. Last year, we shared that building a Twitter free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is our top priority. Since then, we’ve made strides in creating a healthier service,” Twitter announced.

According to Twitter, here are some things that have changed: their team has uncovered and took care of 38 percent of abusive content; there is 16 percent fewer abuse reports; 100,000 accounts have been suspended for creating new accounts after a suspension during January-March 2019; and 3 times more abusive accounts have been suspended within 24 hours after a report compared to the same time last year; among other improvements.

Twitter stressed that keeping its users safe was its “top priority,” and that it has more work to do.

“We’ll continue to improve our technology to help us review content that breaks our rules faster and before it’s reported, specifically those who Tweet private information, threats, and other types of abuse,” Twitter promised.

Twitter plans on updating its rules in the next few weeks so they’re shorter, simpler, and easier to understand.

And beginning in June, the tech giant will be experimenting with ways to give people more control over their onsite conversations conversations by offering them an option to hide replies to their Tweets.

According to observers, Twitter still has a long way to go. “Twitter remains filled with harassment, especially for women, people of color and LGBTQ communities,” Axios reported.