The 2016 elections has been a movie, since Donald Trump announced he was running for president. We’ve been shocked by everything, since. The election even had an effect on our social media lives. The results led to the social giants, Twitter and Facebook to take steps and make changes on their platforms. Twitter’s next move is to combat abusive content.
Users of the ‘140 or less’ comment program already sell everything, from food to porn. But lately, things have gotten out of hand. The elections caused people to openly degrade one another, on a regular basis. It went from politics being a topic of discussion to racial slurs and sexist comments. Now, Twitter wants to put a stop to it all. They are going after what is a pet peeve for everyone, except those that do it: Trolling.
On Monday, Twitter said on a blog post that they are making changes to their ‘mute’ option. Currently you select ‘mute’, when you want to block the tweets of another user. Twitter is taking it one step further, by being able to block certain content. So, you may not see a mention, like, comment, or other activity, if it includes content that you have ‘muted’. This is what Twitter had to say in their blog post:
“We’re enabling you to mute keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations, you don’t want to see notifications about, rolling out to everyone in the coming days. This is a feature we’ve heard many of you ask for, and we’re going to keep listening to make it better and more comprehensive, over time.”
They went on to state how it has been a challenge to filter unnecessary, abusive content. Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter said, “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform, and we’ve sucked at it for years.”