Twitter has launched its latest tool in the war against trolls - a 'quality filter' designed to purge tweets containing “threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content (spamming)” or suspicious accounts from the timelines of verified users.
The pilot was implemented after Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo in February admitted that “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years… it's no secret".
The social network told TechCrunch that the filter was being rolled out to a limited number of verified users initially for testing, as these users tend to have the most followers - and as a result - abuse.
The feature was first spotted by tech entrepreneur Anil Dash.
Well, that's an interesting & welcome addition, Twitter! (Was prompted about this on opening the app.) pic.twitter.com/Ka2VDvqwNf
— Anil Dash (@anildash) March 23, 2015