We want people to feel safe on Twitter. Last year, we shared that building a Twitter free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is our top priority. Since then, we’ve made strides in creating a healthier service. Today, we’re sharing an update on our progress and previewing changes you can expect to see in the next few months.
Here is a summary of progress we’ve made with more detail below:
Taking Action Without Reports
People who don’t feel safe on Twitter shouldn’t be burdened to report abuse to us. By using technology, 38% of abusive content that’s enforced is surfaced proactively instead of relying on reports. This encompasses a number of policies, such as abusive behavior, hateful conduct, encouraging self-harm, and threats, including those that may be violent.
The same technology we use to track spam and other rule violations is helping us flag abusive Tweets to our team for review. With this focus on reviewing this type of content, we’ve also expanded our teams in key areas and geographies so we can stay ahead and work quickly to keep people safe. Reports give us valuable context and strong signal that we should review content, but we’ve needed to do more and this work is showing promise.
What’s to Come
Keeping people safe on Twitter remains our top priority, and we have more changes coming to help us keep working towards that goal. Here’s some of what to expect in the coming months:
We have more to do to ensure everyone feels safe on Twitter, and will keep sharing progress on @Twittersafety.