Twitter cuts off the wings to stalkers

The internet company added new systems to filter abusive and violent content as a stop is put to messages that encourage terrorism

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It’s just a start, but it is a necessary maneuver. The US multinational, Twitter has announced the addition of new systems to filter content deemed to those using abusive and violent language. With the change of the rules we’re expecting better user experience and a more attractive social network to future members of the community.

The fact that you can only tweet in 140 characters was once threatening the future of Twitter as a company but for now, the platform has decided to give greater user control over the content they receive thanks to a system that plays two roles: first custom notifications and, secondly, a quality filter that automatically detects threatening messages depending on their origin and relevance of the account. They have also increased in recent months the team that reviews the accounts mainly of terrorism and violence. The result is evident: 235,000 of them have been eliminated. Since the launch of this service last year Twitter had suspended a total of 360,000 accounts.

Hotbed of “trolls” for many, a channel of information for others, the truth is that Twitter is in constant struggle to strike a balance between freedom of expression and what is considered politically correct. The CEO Dick Costolo failed to react to this problem that comes from the outside and a year after taking over the role previously managed by one of its founders Jack Dorsey, neither has found the magic formula although they have taken new steps.

Recently, to encourage users to “behave”, the verification program reactivated some accounts. This requires registering with real names and surnames, introduce a photograph and other personal data that actually meet real personalities.

Leslie Jones, an american comedian and actress has recently suffered a shameful campaign of racist harassment by a series of users. She left the social network accordingly tearfully and sorry for it. One of her greatest stalkers was a Greek journalist named Milo Yiannopoulos, alias Nero, whose account was suspended for insulting the actress’s last film “Ghostbusters”.

Others like Ashley Judd, however, openly denounced the stalkers after a campaign of violence against women starting gaining popularity, like the actress Lena Dunham at the time when someone published a photo of her in her underwear. And many others like them, not only in the US but UK celebrities have lived in their own flesh the constant harassment.

But the battle against the so-called “trolls,” as known in the Internet as people who under anonymity engage in harassing has a counterpart, the possible stampede of many of these users seeking notoriety. Twitter, however, is synonymous of information in real time, but for years this main problems is causing many users to question if they should remain or simply become a member.

As a publicly traded company, in fact, Twitter has a dynamic range of behaviour imposed by investors claiming an increase in mass of users to generate income. And the truth is that today, the lack of growth recorded in recent quarters is worrying. While the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg explores new ways and adds the unattainable figure of 1,710 million accounts, the network of the blue bird travels adrift, looking for new formats and accumulating only 313 million users.