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Twitter reveals its plans to fight against cyber bullying, Cyber security experts find flaws

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The social media giant, Twitter has announced a new security update to improve user’s safety on the platform. In a recent blog post,  vice-president of engineering, Ed Ho, has said that the company will investigate to crack down on abusive tweets and suspended Twitter accounts.

He on Tuesday announced that the creation of new abusive accounts will be stopped, will bring forward safer search results, and collapse potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets. “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,” Ed Ho added.

Stopping the creation of new abusive accounts

Twitter will identify the permanently suspended people and resist them to create new accounts. This will be, however, biased for the accounts created to harass others.

Introducing safer search results

The company is also planning to omit tweets or replies that contain potentially sensitive content and the posts from a blocked or muted account; from the search results. But if the user wants to find the particular omitted content then it will be provided by a way for the same.

Collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets

The micro-blogging site is also working to identify and collapse potentially abusive and low-quality replies to bring only relevant conversations forward. However, these Tweet replies will still be accessible to those who seek them out.

The company noted that the changes will start rolling out in the coming weeks. However, the cyber security saviours warned the firm and noted the challenges to be faced ahead.  Australia’s e-safety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, previously worked at Twitter and said she welcomed the move of blocking the offender to the website. However, if the offender is creative then it could get a new SIM card and a new email ID to create an account, and which can’t be resisted.

Besides, the “safe search” tool to remove tweets that contain what the company calls “potentially sensitive content”. Twitter have to work effectively to identify low-quality or potentially abusive content and they must be ‘collapsed’ instead of getting deleted.

Share prices of Twitter rose by 1.8 percent soon after the company made the announcement. Also, it is to be noticed that former CEO, Dick Costolo had previously expressed his regret that he did not do enough in his time to stop use of abusive language on the microblogging website.

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Rishabh Rajvanshi

Rishabh, with six years of experience in the newspaper industry, has co-founded The TeCake in 2013. Apart from writing and editing articles on Technology at The TeCake, he also contributes to other esteemed newspapers.

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