Although Twitter has democratized the way people communicate ideas and opinions and information with each other, there is also rampant harassment on the social networking website. People start abusing and harassing others at the drop of a hat. Abusive language is a norm on Twitter.
Twitter, according to Vice President of Engineering, Ed Ho, hasn’t dealt with harassment as well as it should have. Here is the tweet:
We heard you, we didn't move fast enough last year; now we're thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months.
— Ed Ho (@mrdonut) January 31, 2017
He said the social networking website is incorporating tools to curb abusive language. The mute and block features will be improved. It would be difficult to recreate Twitter accounts for repeat offenders.
According to a statement issued to Venture Beat, a company spokesperson told:
We’re approaching safety with a sense of urgency. As such, we will be rolling out a number of product changes in the coming days and weeks – some will be immediately visible, while others will be more targeted to specific scenarios. We will update you along the way and continue to test, learn and iterate on these changes to evaluate their effectiveness. You can expect to see meaningful progress in this area.
Many people have been moving away from Twitter due to the harassment they have faced or due to the fear of harassment that they may face after witnessing other people. For example, actress Leslie Jones was trolled on Twitter – whether she was actually trolled or not depends on which side of the political spectrum you stand – and Twitter proactively started taking measures to address the problem.