Twitter makes it harder for online trolls, bans revenge porn

Twitter attempts to redeem itself after being platform for online hate

After its CEO recently acknowledged how much Twitter sucks at dealing with online abuse, the service has made changes to how it handles abuse reports as well as tweaking its terms and conditions to exclude content such as, but not limited to, revenge porn.

Where once, reporting abuse seemed like a futile attempt for recourse as opposed to just blocking, Twitter's overhauled the review process for abuse. Bystanders can also now report abuse, including cases where private information and impersonation was happening.

Begone, foul trolls

In answer to questions posted by Buzzfeed on Reddit, Twitter confirmed that content that was verified as violating Twitter's policies would be hidden from view and offending accounts would be locked. Twitter would not by itself delete questionable content but would require users to delete it before being allowed to return to Twitter. Any proven attempts to harass others would see a possible account suspension.

For content such as revenge porn, however, Twitter would require users to verify that they were indeed the subjects depicted in the unauthorised content posted. Twitter was a little vague about that part. As to promptness of action taken, Twitter asserted its confidence it would be able to respond in a timely manner.

Good on Twitter that it is taking online harassment more seriously as the service is known for being a free-for-all for trolls. Let's hope we can look forward to our timelines being full of things we want to see and not become the battlegrounds for angry troll crusaders.

[Source: The Verge]