Twitter Introduces a New Keyword Filtering Tool

by Raja Habib on August 30, 2016

Twitter has announced to launch a new Keyword based filtering tool to get rid of annoying tweets that include spam, racist remarks, abusive tweets etc.

twitter introduces new keyword filtering tool

From top-notch celebrities to normal users, almost everyone has come across humiliating trolls and offensive comments on Twitter. Twitter started in 2006 and has more than 300 million monthly users including politicians, actors, sportsmen and almost everyone that is climbing the ladders of stardom. The war of words on Twitter is nothing new, and often the media helps to encourage these annoying and offensive tweets, especially when there is a celebrity involved.

One of the recent victims of Twitter trolls is actress Ashley Judd who became outrageous and threatened to press charges against trolls. Also, another New York Times reporter had to leave the platform after receiving a series of sexist and racial comments. Even actress Leslie Jones and Robin William’s daughter have been victimized by twitter’s insulting comments.

Previously, Twitter chief Dick Costollo has been quoted saying (as mentioned in The Verge) “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day”.

Though Twitter has openly acknowledged this issue but for years they have failed to come up with a successful solution. In the past year, Twitter’s growth has been remarkably low, and several eminent personalities have abandoned the platform . But the wait is over. Finally, Twitter has come up with a keyword based tool to filter and remove all abusive comments.

What is a keyword filtering tool?

  • It is a feature that helps to identify specific comments and tweets based on keywords. Twitter aims to separate all racist and abusive comments using this tool and such tweets will no longer feature in the timeline.
  • Users can select separate hashtags and topics which they intend to block.
  • This tool will be available to all users including celebrities and general registered users.
  • If you follow someone, then those tweets will possibly bypass the filter automatically, and it will be visible on your notifications.

Previously Twitter has Block and Mute features available for the users. If you don’t want anyone to see your tweets or to post a reply on your tweet, you can block him/her. If you don’t want to see any notifications or tweets from a user, you can also mute him/her.

Blocking or Muting someone is very simple. All you need to do is to go to the Twitter page of that user. There is a small “More User Actions” button next to the Follow/UnFollow button. Just click on this button and a menu will appear. There are options of Mute and Block in this menu. Just select the one you want to.

Though the block option had existed long back, but offenders may create multiple profiles and cause a nuisance. So, introducing the keyword filtering tool is an addition to make sure that trolls, abusers, and annoying tweets are kept at bay.

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