Twitter has rolled out several updates to its catalogue of safety features, including tools to reduce the amount of abusive content.
Over the past few weeks, the social network has been working to halt the creation of abusive accounts, updating how users report abuse and generally improving the quality of tweets seen on timelines.
Twitter has received both criticism and praise for its enabling of free expression, but the presence of genuinely abusive and hateful accounts on the platform has given rise to these new features.
Interestingly, the infamous ‘Twitter egg’ pictureless profiles can now be blocked completely. This feature extends to accounts that lack verifiable contact details as well.
The mute feature has also been improved, allowing users to remove specified accounts, keywords and conversations from their notifications.
The company has committed to make its reporting process more transparent, giving users on both ends of the abuse the accountability they may want.
“We’re working to identify accounts as they’re engaging in abusive behavior, even if this behavior hasn’t been reported to us,” says the social network. “We aim to only act on accounts when we’re confident, based on our algorithms, that their behavior is abusive.”