Social media may often be underrated and considered just a fun way of spending your free time and chatting with friends. Nevertheless, there are cases when social media accounts are put to good use, advertising for companies, brands and products, and raising public awareness in certain matters. Twitter is now campaigning against terrorism and other serious issues.
Twitter is taking advantage of both its popularity and power of controlling accounts. How does the famous network fight terrorism and abuse with these weapons? Simple, by suspending accounts promoting such plagues.
So far, Twitter has suspended no less than 235,000 promoting terrorism-related content. The people behind this measure think it is the commonsensical thing to do, as our society faces today threats that need at least to be slowed down. Extremist behavior will not be tolerated anymore on the online platform.
The concrete mean through which Twitter intends to detect future inappropriate content is a special filter, designed to track this. A blog post on behalf of the network explains the procedure:
“When turned on, the filter can improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior. Turning it on filters lower-quality content, like duplicate Tweets or content that appears to be automated, from your notifications and other parts of your Twitter experience. It does not filter content from people you follow or accounts you’ve recently interacted with – and depending on your preferences, you can turn it on or off in your notifications settings.”
Twitter has always been a defender of free speech and of self-expressing, but it is also aware of the risks and damages when people abuse this power. The new feature they added (the filter) is expected to reduce the spam messages and to improve the quality of the content posted on the platform.
This is a small battle gained by the social media network, and it is far from being the ultimate solution to all negative reactions in the online environment. Users can feel safer now, but they also have to keep in mind that the risks are still there. So one of the most important pieces of advice one could give is that you should be careful with the personal information you share on your social media accounts.
Twitter will be using the new filter for an undetermined period.
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