Twitter to Start Hiding Bad Tweets

  • Twitter to Start Hiding Bad Tweets

Twitter to Start Hiding Bad Tweets

Twitter says that, after testing this new approach, they found a 4% decrease in abuse reports originating from search results and an 8% decrease in abuse reports from the conversations that take place as replies to tweets.

Those tweets will still be available, but users will have to manually click "show more replies" in order to reveal them. Using a set of signals, the platform will now determine if an account, while not violating Twitter's terms of service, is using "behaviors that distort and detract from the public conversation".

In March, Twitter sought proposals from academics and others to help gauge the "health of public conversations". "Some troll-like behaviour is fun, good and humorous".

According to Twitter, the majority of accounts reported make up less than 1 per cent of its total user base, which now stands at 336 million monthly active users. "The challenge for us has been how can we proactively address these disruptive behaviours that do not violate our policies but negatively impact the health of the conversation?"

"There are many new signals we're taking in, most of which are not visible externally", said Del Harvey, vice president of trust and safety, and David Gasca, director of product management, health, in a blog post titled "Serving Healthy Conversation". Some of these accounts and Tweets violate our policies, and, in those cases, we take action on them. This has been an issue for so long it's a bit ridiculous, but it all has to do with the fact that Twitter really only arranges tweets by quality inside search results and in back-and-forth conversations.

Twitter is using machine learning to study whether email addresses are unconfirmed, or whether users are signing up for multiple accounts at the same time.

Essentially, Twitter is making a strong effort to distinguish itself from its competitors right now, particularly since we live in a post-Cambridge Analytica world, where social media platforms must convince their customers that the integrity and quality assurance inherent to their services remain protected and secure at all costs.

These signals will now be considered in how we organize and present content in communal areas like conversation and search. "Others don't but are behaving in ways that distort the conversation", the company said.

The results have been a 4pc decrease in abuse reports from search and an 8pc drop in abuse reports from conversations as people see fewer tweets that will disturb their experiences on the platform.