Twitter Unveils Its "Quality Filter"

Tweeting Abuse

Tweeting Abuse

For a good while now, Twitter has copped a bit of criticism in relation to its approach to online abuse. By that we mean that it didn't really seem to have an approach.

But that appears about to change, at least, in theory...

 

Quality Filter

Quality Filter

...And as you can see from some of the comments from users, there is a mixed reaction to the so-called "quality filter", with the anticipation of what it might mean, not quite felt in practice.

“When turned on, the filter can improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior," said Twitter, according to news.com.au.

 

A Step In The Right Direction

A Step In The Right Direction

Vice News reported that Twitter began trialing the use of the filter last year, with verified users.

While it may not quite have lived up to the expectation, or what users actually want, just yet, it certainly appears a step in the right direction.

Or does it...?

Not Good Enough?

Not Good Enough?

This user certainly didn't seem to have the experience they were looking for with it. In fact, if you're unable to see anyone's tweets, that kind of defeats the purpose of using it in the first place, right?

A report by Wired.com, suggested that many Twitter users either say that the filter is ineffective, or that it prevents them seeing any posts made by people they don't follow.

Curb the Abuse

Curb the Abuse

“By allowing your product’s users to be continuously harassed, abused and intimidated and only offering them filtering as a solution, you’re effectively upholding an abuser’s playground,” said blogger, Ariel Waldman, according to Wired.

It would appear that perhaps Twitter, in an effort to curb abuse, has actually just made things a little more difficult for many people.

Following the whole Leslie Jones thing, in which she copped vile, racist, abuse, there have been calls for Twitter to try and do something about it. Miley Cyrus, Adele, Ashton Kutcher, Lena Dunham and Demi Lovato, all gave Twitter the flick at some point.....if only for a little while....