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Twitter’s quality filter removes threatening and abusive tweets from your timeline

by Killian Bell | March 24, 2015March 24, 2015 5:01 am PDT

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Twitter wants to make it easier for its users to avoid trolls with a new “quality filter” that automatically removes threatening and abusive tweets from your timeline.

Currently available to a small number of users only as part of a testing phase, the feature uses filters similar to the “tailored” notifications function available to verified Twitter users, Twitter told The Verge.

“Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from your notifications timeline that contain threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content, or are sent from suspicious accounts,” reads the description inside the Twitter app for iOS, first noticed by Anil Dash.

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The quality filter is part of a bigger plan to clamp down on Twitter harassment, which the company admits it has failed to adequately combat.

But it is working fast to put that right; last week it introduced new reporting tools that make it easier to alert authorities about threats to personal safety, and to flag tweets that require attention from law enforcement agencies.

It’s unclear for now when the quality filter will be available to all Twitter users, but providing it works as intended, it should be too long before everyone begins to see it.

Anil Dash The Verge

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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