Twitter Officially Admits to 'Shadowbanning' Users in All but Name

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"Now, we're tackling issues of behaviours that distort and detract from the public conversation in those areas by integrating new behavioural signals into how Tweets are presented", reads an excerpt from the same May 15th media release, attributed to vice president of trust and safety Del Harvey and group product manager David Gasca.

If you tap on a Twitter or real world celebrity's tweet more often than not there's a bot as one of the first replies.

While these tweets will not be fully removed from the platform, Dorsey shared with Reuters that the goal is to reduce the burden from those that are receiving abuse.

Twitter is trying to keep conversations and search results on topic.

But the company adds: "Because this content doesn't violate our policies, it will remain on Twitter, and will be available if you click on "Show more replies" or choose to see everything in your search setting".

Twitter's inability to contain the trolls that populate its platform has plagued the social network for years. Tweets will now be ranked on several factors, including whether the user has recently opened many new accounts or regularly tweets about users who don't follow them back.

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The result is that people contributing to the healthy conversation will be more visible while those that try to poison or undermine the debate with negativity will be digitally sidelined.

According to Twitter, the majority of accounts reported make up less than 1 per cent of its total user base, which now stands at 336 million monthly active users.

Once a user is identified as a harassing troll, the user's tweets would be pushed downward in Twitter responses and searches no matter the content of the tweet.

The company said tests of the new system had resulted in fewer abuse reports being filed, suggesting people were having a "better experience". Twitter said it would also look at how these accounts interacted with and were linked to those users who violate Twitter's rules.

Twitter acknowledges there's a long way to go, but says its tech will learn more (and make mistakes) over time.

This latest improvement is part of a new initiative, announced by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in March, that aims to measure and improve the "collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation" on the platform. Twitter also admitted that this is just one of several approaches meant to improve people's experiences on the platform, and that there will be "mistakes", "false positives", and "things we miss".

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