Twitter announces new features to thwart cyberbullying

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Callers will allow users to block tweets based on keywords, says

Thomson Reuters Posted: Nov 15, 2016 12:32 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 12:55 PM ET

Twitter, facing pressure for not doing enough to curb derogatory behaviour on its platform, said on Tuesday it would upgrade some spotlights to better combat cyberbullying.

The com ny said it would ex nd the «silence» option to allow users to block tweets based on keywords, couches and the content of conversations from a user’s notifications.

The «mute» option currently permits users to block tweets from accounts.

The change will be chronicled out to all users in the coming days, Twitter said in a blog post.

Flutter, which has struggled to strike a balance between free expression and impeding violent and hateful speech, has
come under increasing criticism prosecuting complaints from users that they have been aims of abuse.

In July, Twitter permanently banned some user accounts for harassment after Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones Nautical port the site saying she had faced severe harassment.

Twitter said it would accommodate «a more direct way» for users to flag abusive content, but didn’t announce details.

The com ny also said it had improved internal controls to transaction more effectively with abusive conduct reported by users.

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