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Twitter to Clamp Down On Abusive Tweets

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Apr 21, 2015, 10:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Twitter today said it is changing its policies so the social network might better combat threats and other forms of abuse. First, Twitter has updated how it qualifies prohibited content, which now extends to "threats of violence against others or promoting violence against others." Twitter said its previous policy was a bit too narrow and restricted its enforcement options. Twitter says enforcement actions include requiring users to confirm a phone number (i.e., provide a real name) and delete content, and now the social network can lock abusive accounts for specific time periods. Twitter is also adding new product features to help it identify abusive tweets automatically and more quickly, and then prevent those tweets from spreading. Twitter will evaluate the performance of these changes to gauge their effectiveness and adjust them over time as needed. Twitter's goal is to make Twitter a more pleasant — and safer — space in which to engage others.



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