Twitter announced that it is testing out a new feature to 'automatically' identify and limit abusive tweets.

Tweets identified as profane or abusive will not be appearing in the notifications timeline, as Twitter is testing a slew of features, which includes a new filter designed to identify and prevent abusive tweets.

The micro-blogging site is also tightening the noose in its Terms and Services, banning indirect threats and expanding its definition of inappropriate behavior. Twitter’s Director of Product Management, Shreyas Doshi earlier said that its earlier policy was ‘unduly narrow’ as it had limited ability to act upon certain kinds of abusive behavior.

Apparently these changes have showed up since CEO Dick Costolo said in an interview, “frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue.” In addition, Twitter is also adding extra tools to deal with violations including the ability to block abusive user accounts for an extended period of time.

“This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a Tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive. It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as Tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content,” Shreyas wrote in an official blog post.

Twitter Combating Abuse

Twitter is also testing out a new feature to help identify abusive tweets along with ‘limiting their reach’ on the service. The new tool will take into account a number of parameters to tackle the issue which can be identified by moderators.

While direct threats have long been forbidden on Twitter, the new rules suggest that even language intended to “promote violence against others” will not be tolerated.

“Our previous policy was unduly narrow and limited our ability to act on certain kinds of threatening behavior. The updated language better describes the range of prohibited content and our intention to act when users step over the line into abuse,” Doshi added.

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