×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Twitter Adds New Punishment for Abusive Accounts

Twitter has a new strategy to crack down on abusive behavior on its service: The company started to temporarily limit the reach of accounts that are found to be abusive, preventing them from further harassing users that don’t follow them. The new policy was first reported by BuzzFeed.

A number of users that were deemed to have violated Twitter’s rules got notified in recent days that their tweets would only be displayed to their followers. This effectively renders retweets useless, and also makes it impossible for potential abusers to tag users who don’t follow them in order to show up in their mentions.

Effectively, the new policy introduces a kind of penalty box. Screenshots shared on Twitter show that some users were under these restrictions for 12 hours, after which normal privileges are being restored.

Twitter users have long urged the company to do more against hate and harassment on the platform, and the company has struggled to fight the right response to these concerns. Earlier this week, Twitter briefly introduced a new safety feature that immediately was criticized by many of its users, leading the company to roll back these changes just hours later.

However, this new penalty box could actually go a long way towards curtailing targeted harassment, especially if these kinds of restrictions are being enacted in a timely manner. Twitter told BuzzFeed that it is not just looking at a list of words, but also specific patterns of behavior, to determine whether an account should be limited. This suggest that the company may be able to quickly detect certain patterns of abuse — for example users who prompt their followers to target a certain person — and then respond appropriately.

More Digital

  • Facebook Logo

    #LogOutFacebook: NAACP Calls for Boycott, Civil Rights Groups Demand Board Changes

    The NAACP is calling on Facebook users to take part in a one-day boycott of the social network this Tuesday to pressure the company to do more against disinformation and racial discrimination. Separately, a coalition of about three dozen social justice groups called on Facebook to remove key executives from its board of directors. The [...]

  • Westworld Season 2 HBO

    Facebook Has Talked With HBO, Showtime and Other Networks but It's Unlikely to Proceed With Pay-TV Idea

    Is Facebook about to become cable TV provider? Don’t bet on it. The social giant has held informal discussions with cable networks including HBO and Showtime Networks about potentially offering subscriptions to their streaming services on Facebook, multiple sources tell Variety, confirming a Recode report last week that first reported the talks. However, Facebook currently [...]

  • Ed Sheeran Shape of You

    Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit Top Shazam’s 2018 Year-End Lists

    Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s song “Solo” was the most-Shazamed song and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” was the longest running No. 1 track on the service’s global charts, the company revealed today in its year-end lists. Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” was the No. 2 most-Shazamed song and Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” [...]

  • Remote for Android TV-Based TiVo Device

    TiVo FCC Filing Suggests Android TV Device Coming in Time for CES

    A filing for a new TiVo remote control suggests that the company may be getting ready to show an Android TV-based set-top box at CES in Las Vegas next month. The device likely won’t be sold to end users, but instead ship to TV operators looking to combine TiVo’s DVR capabilities with Google’s TV platform. [...]

  • Telemundo to Launch English-Language Newscast With

    Telemundo to Launch First English-Language Newscast on YouTube (EXCLUSIVE)

    NBCUniversal’s Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo is developing its first English-language newscast in collaboration with YouTube in a bid to tap the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic youth demographic. Borne out of a YouTube grant aimed at awarding journalism projects that “elevate quality journalism, evolve business models to drive sustainable growth, and empower news organizations through technological innovation,” Telemundo News’ [...]

  • Wall Street Journal Site Hacked With

    Wall Street Journal Site Hacked With Pro-PewDiePie Message

    PewDiePie’s ongoing battle to keep his channel’s YouTube subscriber count No. 1 ahead of India’s T-Series took another bizarre twist: A branded-content section of the Wall Street Journal’s website was hacked with a fake message apologizing to PewDiePie and urging people to subscribe to his channel. A spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the [...]

  • YouTube - Comcast Xfinity X1

    YouTube 4K Content Goes Live on Comcast's Xfinity X1 Set-Tops

    Comcast television subscribers can now enjoy YouTube in ultra-high definition: The Google-owned video service is now serving up 4K videos on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxes, the cable company announced Monday. X1 owners who also happen to have a X1 voice remote can get access to a curated selection of 4K content by asking the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content