But — given that there were leaks of this update as far back as August — it is also very late, perhaps crippingly so.
Twitter, with 317 million monthly active users, has been facing a lot of growth problems and had been exploring options to sell itself.
That’s not to say that this hasn’t been something that Twitter has been working on behind the scenes.
“Because Twitter happens in public and in real-time, we’ve had some challenges keeping up with and curbing abusive conduct,” the company noted in a blog post published today.
Abusive or hateful content — defined by Twitter as “specific conduct that targets people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease” — can now be reported to Twitter for removal not just by the targets of that abuse, but by bystanders.
Election, as Facebook and Google come under fire for the dissemination of fake “news” in their News Feed and search results, Twitter is tackling another area that’s been a flashpoint issue not only recently, but for years: the social media platform today is unveiling some major updates to its safety policy, aimed at helping users weed out abusive Twitter accounts and Tweets.
As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.
Twitter users can select from a variety of third-party Twitter interfaces, browser plug-ins, photo- and video-sharing applications that enhance mobile and computer-based use of the basic application.Users have themselves expanded the information carried in a twitter message through the development of in-tweet shorthand and symbols that allow for the sharing, replicating and searching of tweets.As with many technologies, enthusiastic users have used Twitter for more than just answering the question, “What are you doing?CNBC's Eric Chemi checked out the changes to Twitter's policy by looking at the accounts of some of CNBC's on-air talent.
Here's how to see who Twitter thinks you are, and how to opt out if you don't want to be tracked or receive targeted advertising.But at least two potential buyers, Disney and Salesforce, both reportedly backed away in part because of abuse issues on the platform.