|Twitter is turning to a new tactic in the company’s long-running battle against internet trolls, simply hiding their posts from view.|
The US social network, which has spent years coming under fire for failing to delete abusive messages, will not display tweets from users who have exhibited certain “troll-like” characteristics. This includes people who have repeatedly tweeted at users who do not follow them, those who have often been blocked by other members of the site, or those who set up multiple accounts at once.
Twitter says that while many posts do not break its rules, and so do not warrant users being banned, they may still be in poor taste or offensive to a large number of users. The move means that while the posts will not be deleted, they will be far less visible, particularly in search results and when viewing replies to existing tweets. By making the tweets less visible, instead of having to make decisions on whether they are banned outright, the social network hopes to maintain its free speech credentials while making the service more enjoyable for average users. However, it may lead to criticism that it is sweeping the problem under the carpet by refusing to take down offensive tweets.
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