Today, social network and micro-blogging website Twitter will implement a new rule to block out abusive users from their service to guarantee the safety of the social networks.
According to Twitter Product Management Director Shreyas Doshi, multiple persons harassing an individual or a group of people would be locked out of their account.
Twitter had refurbished its anti-troll law by clarifying “direct, specific threats of violence against others as “threats of violence against others or promoting violence against others.
Is this an implementation that potentially blocks Twitter users’ right to the freedom of expression? One could say it is a form of censorship. But then again, online harassment has never been truly a form of expression.
Get Safe Online had praised Twitter for its efforts to step up anti-harassment. Twitter had created tools that make it easier for users to report harassment or abusive tweets along with their corresponding accounts.
Twitter said in its official statement:
Twitter is also testing technology to help the firm identify suspected abusive tweets to limit their reach.
“This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse, including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive,” Doshi explained.
“It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content.”
So, we’re limited. But then again, there’s an extent to freedom of expression, despite knowing that the rules won’t ever impede on them somehow.