Twitter, after taking heat for not doing enough to handle the problem of abuse on its platform, has put new security measures in place. They have been actively addressing their issues. They have seen a significant drop in the Twitter problems that have been drawing many of its users’ ire.
Twitter problems effectively reduced
Twitter has released new data that shows how effective their new measures have been in their attempt to make things better and safer for their users. In addition to the new measures, they have also started the Trust & Safety Counsel with key partners:
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) June 13, 2017
The data comes by way of an official blog post on the effectiveness of their measures. Not only did they claim that they tackle issues 10 times faster than just a year ago, they have also:
- Doubled the number of accounts that were removed because they belonged to repeat offenders who had gone on to create new accounts following a suspension.
- Seen a one quarter reduction in the number of abuse reports on accounts that had been suspended for violating Twitter’s rules.
- Seen a huge drop, by up to 65%, in the number of repeat offenders following a suspension.
- Reduced, by 40%, the blocking of accounts following @mentions by people whom the messages’ recipients didn’t follow.
The tackling of the last of these Twitter problems was mainly because of their improved quality filters.
Only percentages and no solid figures
While the news has been gladly accepted by the platform’s users who bore the brunt of these Twitter problems, some are a bit disappointed. They were hoping for actual figures rather than percentages.
Despite this criticism and many are applauding their efforts.
Always report racism & abuse as Twitter is definitely getting better at dealing with rogue accounts. If you stopped reporting, start again!
— Brexodus Watch (@hippogriff169) July 21, 2017
Everyday users of the platform can expect even more enhancements and security features to be added in the near future. In the meantime, they will have ever growing control over any Twitter problems they may face as they continue to use the platform.
To quote one of Twitter’s representatives;
“We have consistent harassment definitions and policies that apply to everyone. However, people define abuse differently, so using these new tools, every person has control of what they see and experience on Twitter.”
If an issue can be brought up, some users are complaining that this is leading to greater Twitter censorship. For the most part, this comes from those who do the abusing.
Eliminating Twitter problems for good
Twitter is ready to keep forging ahead until all Twitter problems are addressed and eliminated. Apart from coming as a huge relief to tweeters, the company’s profile will also rise in the eyes of investors. It’s rumored that Disney dropped out of a bid to purchase Twitter because of its abuse issues.
While the company boasts that they have 328 million users, an independent study suggested that up to 15% of these are actually bots. This is another reason, many think, that the company should have released solid figures. They believe it would have made it clear whether or not the actions they were taking were actually having an effect on real users and not just bots.
Whatever their reasons for not releasing the figures, most would agree that it is a good start on a myriad of Twitter problems. This successful social media platform will continue to grow if they continue to address the issues their user’s data.