Twitter lets you avoid trolls by muting new users and strangers

 When trolls barge into people’s notifications with offensive replies or user names, they might not keep coming back to Twitter. So today the company rolled out new tools to help you silence the riff-raff. There are now options to mute notifications from newly registered accounts, people you don’t follow, and people who don’t follow you. These can be configured in the… Read More

Why celebrities leave Twitter

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Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter.

The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the average internet person of its worth. Simultaneously it seems that celebrities are fleeing Twitter. As Sheeran told The Sun, “I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things.” Read more…

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Any app with human interaction needs a block button, period

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If you’ve ever experienced a bad breakup, harassment, or unwanted attention online, you’re probably familiar with the block button. 

On mainstream social networks—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—it’s pretty straightforward. Blocking someone prevents them from interacting with you, full stop. It’s handy for obvious reasons.

But harassment isn’t limited to mainstream platforms. Many apps that aren’t traditionally “social” now include social components, like Spotify, Etsy, Fitbit, and Airbnb. When users can contact each other via messaging or other means, there’s an opportunity for abuse. Read more…

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Twitter is finally rolling out a smart fix for its abuse problem

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Trolls thrive on Twitter—but a new update may hit ’em where it hurts.

The social network deployed previously announced features Thursday that give users more control over the notifications they receive. Bottomline, you can disable notifications from people who don’t haven’t confirmed their identity on Twitter, meaning anonymous trolls can’t spew their wretched swamp juice all over your @ replies. 

The update is just for Android and Web for now, but it’s a pretty big deal. Twitter has been rightly dragged through the mud for failing to meaningfully address its harassment crisis. Lindy West, a well-known feminist writer who has frequently discussed online abuse, put it well in a column for The Guardian last month: Read more…

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Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’

 Twitter confirmed it’s testing a new feature that flags users’ profiles as potentially including “sensitive content.” When you click on one of these profiles from a link on Twitter, or if you visit the profile’s web page directly, you won’t be immediately shown the users’ tweets. Instead, a warning message displays, reading “Caution: This… Read More