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Twitter Announces Steps To Ensure That Banned Trolls Don't Create New Accounts

The micro-blogging site will roll out new tools to combat abuse.

08/02/2017 9:17 AM IST | Updated 08/02/2017 1:12 PM IST
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In a new step to address users' security concerns, Twitter rolled out a fresh set of tools yesterday to combat online abuse and trolling.

The micro-blogging social network announced in a blog post that it will ensure that trolls or abusive accounts that have been repeat offenders are not be able to create new accounts. Twitter will also introduce a safe-search mode to omit potentially abusive and threatening results from search results.

"In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to roll out product changes — some changes will be visible and some less so — and will update you on progress every step of the way. With every change, we'll learn, iterate, and continue to move at this speed until we've made a significant impact that people can feel," the company said in a statement.

Twitter also announced plans to ensure that potentially low-quality and hate filled replies are filtered out. Currently, verified users of the microblogging website can filter out replies of inferior quality.

Last week, Twitter also rolled out an update for reporting abusive tweets and the San Francisco based company's vice president of engineering, Edward Ho, promised to take steps to combat harassment on the platform.

Online harassment on the platform was cited as one reason why Twitter's potential sale didn't materialise last year. At the time, CEO Jack Dorsey had assured users that the company will get rid of the problem.

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