Kate-Lynne Wolmarans16 May 2018 AT 12:00 PM

Twitter to limit the reach of troll-like accounts

Behave or you'll be shadowbanned
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans16 May 2018 AT 12:00 PM
Twitter to limit the reach of troll-like accounts
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Twitter, our tech friend who keeps us up to date with the latest news and banter, has just announced that it is taking steps to limit the reach of troll-like accounts on its platform.

This means that any behavior that it feels “distorts and detracts from public conversation” will be flagged and could result in the account being shadowbanned – a feature that limits the visibility of content without suspending or notifying the user.

While the social media platform has been pretty vague with what type of content it feels would “distort from conversation”, it has, however, released a list of signals that it will be looking for.

  • An account that has not confirmed its email address
  • Users with multiple accounts
  • Accounts that repeatedly Tweet and mention accounts that do not follow them
  • Behavior that might indicate a coordinated attack
  • Accounts that are connected to those that violate Twitter’s rules

“These signals will be considered in how we organize and present content in communal areas like conversation and search. Because this content doesn’t violate our policies, it will remain on Twitter,” the official press release explains.

If you’d like to see all of the comments made on your tweet – you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the conversation and click “Show more replies”. Or, you can go into your search settings and select the “See everything” option.

If you’re one of the users that tend to cause a bit of trouble, you’d be happy to note that the social media networking platform is also looking at ways of helping you “improve your reputation”, should you find yourself on its shadowbanned list.

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