Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has been the one social media outlet marred with problems. One common issue has been bullying, harassment and abuse. The tech firm is looking to crack down on these matters with new measures that it will announce sometime this week, says Ed Ho, vice president of engineering.
Twitter Inc Wants to End Social Media Abuse
Do you feel safe on Twitter? The answer to that may depend on your political affiliation, your age and what exactly you tweet to the entire world.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Ho explained that the company will install “long overdue fixes” to clamp down on online harassment. Noting that “we heard you,” Ho conceded that Twitter has not moved fast enough over the past year on this issue. He added that making Twitter a “safer space” is its “primary focus” and now it is moving ahead with the changes with “more urgency than ever.”
Ostensibly, one of its changes will be to enhance the mute/block feature and prevent repeat offenders from establishing brand new accounts on the social network.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey further echoed Ho’s tweets in his own tweet on Monday.
“We’re taking a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter. Including having a more open & real-time dialogue about it every step of the way,” he wrote.
We’re taking a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter. Including having a more open & real-time dialogue about it every step of the way https://t.co/a1SV7URPEK
— jack (@jack) January 31, 2017
Although Twitter has suspended or banned prominent conservative Twitter users from the website, such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Martin Shkreli and Sargon of Akkad, the tech firm has been criticized for being slow to respond to the harassment. Twitter has yet to establish any clear strategy to combat those who have been accused of abuse, harassment and bullying.
Depending on whom you ask, Twitter seems to have a bias, and the astute observer will see that it’s clearly left of center.
Has the announcement helped shares? Well, the stock has surged more than two percent to around $17.37, but that isn’t due to these new measures. It is due to a new deal it has inked.
Twitter Inc Signs Sports Live-Streaming Deal
Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has inked a new deal with European broadcaster Sky. As part of the deal, Twitter will live-stream “Deadline Day,” which is the final day for UK soccer clubs to hire new players. This is just another move for Twitter to compete against some of its social media rivals.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Sky Sports to give fans everywhere another way to watch and discuss the day’s top rumors and deals as they unfold live, all on Twitter,” Anthony Noto, COO of Twitter, said in a press release.
Beginning Tuesday, Twitter will live-stream three hours of coverage from the Sky Sports newsroom beginning at noon (London time). This coverage will last until 1 p.m., and then from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The final hour will last from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Deadline Day coverage will consist of news, analysis, statistics and coverage of all transfers. This is a big deal in the UK as football fans sit in front of their televisions and watch every transaction and move.
You can watch the event online by visiting deadlineday.twitter.com. Here, you will watch live video and tweets on the side panel.