Twitter Suspends Hundreds Of Thousands Of Terrorist Accounts, Gives Everyone Its 'Quality Filter'

from the today-twitter-settles-all-its-business dept

Twitter's had a bit of a busy day. It made two big announcements within an hour, first saying that it had suspended 235,000 accounts since February for "promoting terrorism." It followed that up by announcing that it was opening up its "quality filter" for everyone. The quality filter used to only be available to "verified accounts" and was apparently one of the few actual benefits for being a "verified" account. Here's how Twitter explains it:
When turned on, the filter can improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior. Turning it on filters lower-quality content, like duplicate Tweets or content that appears to be automated, from your notifications and other parts of your Twitter experience. It does not filter content from people you follow or accounts you’ve recently interacted with – and depending on your preferences, you can turn it on or off in your notifications settings.
From people who have it, they've indicated that it can do a decent, but not perfect, job in blocking purely trollish behavior. However, I still think that my own suggestion from last week makes more sense: rather than building a universal algorithm like this, give every user the tools to build their own quality filters (and to share the "recipes" of those filters). Not everyone has the same determination of what "quality" is. It's fine if Twitter wants to offer its own such filter, but why not open it up and let anyone create quality filters to use and share?

As for the removal of terrorist accounts, this still feels kind of pointless. Twitter talks about how it's getting faster at removing these accounts, and they're not able to build up many followers before they're shut down again, making Twitter a less useful platform for terrorist or terrorist supporters to use. But, again, if we think about Twitter as a protocol like email or a system like the telephone, this feels... weird. No one's clamoring for "we must stop ISIS from making phone calls." Besides, the intelligence community has said, repeatedly, that they get good intel from watching ISIS' social media activity. Shutting down their accounts may seem like a good thing (no one wants ISIS using their technology...), but what if it's actually making it more difficult for the intelligence community to track them?

Filed Under: abuse, isis, quality filter, social media, terrorism, trolls
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  1. identicon
    Kenpachi, 19 Aug 2016 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Re: Seriously Mike?

    "And? You should be the one curating it? Maybe the Chinese? Many will disagree"

    Did you just categorize the task of no giving terrorist organizations a place in social media platforms "curation"?

    "Banning terrorists accounts helps nobody"

    Wow. Just wow.

    The insane really want to run things nowadays... smh and on the back of the white horse of moral high-ground no less ROFL

    Please, do keep explaining why Europe has taken a hard turn to the right. But please, don't forget #Brexitdindunothing!

    17 million disinformed ignorant peasants, and a bunch of old people, right?

    And that's why you have absolutely no clue why peaceful citizens of western modernity think and vote the way they are voting, and leaning to the right en mass?

    Want to keep on piling more insults, fallacies and ad-hominems while conflating 100 different topics into one?

    I'm more convinced than ever, the only point in the political spectrum that has any chance of saving western democratic modern civilization, everything humankind has achieved so far, is the conservative hard right.

    I didn't say the extreme right nor right wing nationalists, neither moderate right wing, but solid in their convictions peaceful conservatives.

    But hey, the dice are rolling already, will see who is right soon. Hopefully avoiding WW3 AND saving modern western civilization.

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