Social Media platforms have become powerful tools to affect the daily lives of people. To some extent, they have their particular positives and negatives.

One of the most popularly used by almost everyone today is Twitter. Some people use it to express feelings, advertise, follow famous celebrities, etc. But besides the fun that it gives, like every other social media, it also encourages cyber bullying. Thus, to limit the amount of abuse on the network, Twitter recently announced 3 major changes that will be implemented in the coming weeks.
 These changes will include identifying people who have been permanently suspended for malcontent and will not let them create new accounts.

"Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus. We stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic. That's put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices. We won't tolerate it, and we're launching new efforts to stop it." This was announced by the vice-president of engineering of Twitter, Ed Ho, on a blog post as they announced the changes.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, said in a tweet last month that they are taking definite measure to ‘make a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter, including having a more open and real-time dialogue every step of the way’.

The other changes are:

A. Safer search results - removing tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and those from blocked or muted accounts

B. Collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality replies to tweets

These does not mean that the tweets will be removed entirely, but will give users more control because they will be able to block things they do not want to see by simple settings adjustments.

As more people are more open about voicing their opinions, the trend towards being ‘abusive to each other’ has been growing. As it is, an Ovum research company analyst, Nick Thomas said, “The changes would be welcome news for those who saw the platform as ‘an increasingly toxic place on which to engage’.”


Petros Stathis