Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has been under immense criticism since past few months because of its confusing interface, lack of ease and security problems. The platform is teeming with harassment, hatred and religious extremism in Tweets. Last month, the company promised some features in order to revamp its interface. The first lot is now rolling out. Twitter’s safety director Shreyas Doshi has announced that Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has made some changes to make reporting and blocking easy for its users. Now, any user can flag the tweet and block the person. This would help the company to review the flagged accounts and content and take necessary action. This would work on two-way model. As soon as a user blocks a person, he would not be able to see his tweets and the blocked person will also not be able to see the person who blocked him.
An article on The New York Times reported that Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is crunched between the tradeoff selections. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) cannot simply quell the accounts that are coming from anonymous places or TOR browsers. It is also under pressure from authoritarian regimes and agencies to tighten its policies in order to kill the accounts that are spreading hatred, violence and racism. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is trying to craft a mechanism that will stop a person from making a second account if his first account was banned. This could only be done by smart identification of machines and IP addresses.
The source also mentioned about an engineer, Randi Harper, who managed to craft an auto blocker for blocking thousands of accounts that were sending tweets full of hatred and anti-women speech. This auto blocker was called Gamergate auto blocker. Gamergate blocker didn’t work as it was expected. It blocked hundreds of users who did not send any harassing tweet. The source quoted Taylor Wofford from Newsweek, who thinks that in spite of the numerous problems in Gamergate blocker, it might be “the best” tool women can use to fight online harassment. But Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) will need to devise a sophisticated plan to deal with billions of tweets that are inappropriate for the society.
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