Twitter tests ‘potentially sensitive content’ feature to curb abuse, improve security

In a bid to make Twitter safer, the website is testing a feature wherein some users' profile are flagged as containing "potentially sensitive content".

By: IANS | Updated: March 11, 2017 1:46 pm
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In a bid to make Twitter safer, the micro-blogging website is testing a feature wherein some users’ profile are flagged as containing “potentially sensitive content”.

When users click on one of these profiles from a link on social network, a warning message displays, that reads ‘Caution: This profile may include sensitive content’, tech website techcrunch.com reported on Friday.

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The warning takes up the entire profile page, requiring users to click or tap a prompt to agree to view the profile.To reduce abuse on the network, Twitter will introduce new optional filters to prevent a user from being notified when certain accounts tweet at them.

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The new filters will also include accounts without profile photos — called “eggs” for the default egg picture given to new Twitter accounts — as well as accounts without verified phone numbers or email addresses. Twitter is reportedly augmenting the new filters with machine learning.

The moment Twitter will detect that accounts are repeatedly tweeting at accounts that they don’t follow, or engaging in unspecified other activities likely to signal abuse, the company will temporarily limit their access to the platform.

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