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It's machines vs trolls as Twitter unveils new plan to silence abusers

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Preston Stone | 16 May, 2018, 00:12

Hence, tweets that don't violate the rules but were submitted by users whom Twitter deems problematic will remain visible-you'll just have to click on "Show more replies" to access them.

When Twitter considers an account to be engaged in "trolling" bad behavior, it will display their tweets less and hide them in conversations.

In an announcement earlier today, Twitter said they were taking steps to limit "behaviors that distort and detract from the public conversation" by downranking content that exhibits such behaviors from search results and "public conversations".

Twitter says less than 1 percent of accounts on the platform make up the majority of accounts flagged by user complaints, and a majority of troll tweets don't violate its policies, despite having a large and negative impact on users.

"There are many new signals we're taking in, most of which are not visible externally".

Among other suspicious behavior, the company is looking out for accounts that don't confirm their email addresses, along with instances of multiple accounts being created simultaneously.

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An updated algorithm will push tweets from these accounts further down the search results and replies, but won't delete them from the platform as they don't necessarily violate the rules.

Twitter has made little effort to be transparent about the kind of signals it looks for when seeking to identify accounts that, in their words, "distort the conversation".

The company will now try to detect behavior patterns with human reviewers and machine-learning techniques that it has associated with trolls to crack down on them.

The results have been a 4pc decrease in abuse reports from search and an 8pc drop in abuse reports from conversations as people see fewer tweets that will disturb their experiences on the platform. Twitter says that abuse reports were down 8% in conversations where this feature was being tested.

Twitter executives Harvey and Gascam said that the initiative is part of an ongoing attempt "to improve the health of the public conversation on Twitter".

In the blog post, Twitter said: "This technology and our team will learn over time and will make mistakes". Thousands of behavioral cues-such as heavily tweeting at accounts you don't even follow-will provide the service with more informed data so that it can protect healthy conversation from unwelcome nuisances. "We are making progress as we go", Dorsey said.

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