Expert discusses Twitter’s new hate speech policy

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Members of the Alt-Right Movement are not happy this morning with St. Louis native Jack Dorsey’s Twitter after many prominent right leaning accounts are locked or removed for violation of abuse rules. Those affected say it’s censorship because twitter has a left leaning political ideology that doesn’t agree with theirs.

Twitter also announced its rolling out new features that will allow you to mute what it calls undesirable, hateful, abusive or other types of toxic content .

Scott Schaffer of Blade Technology joined us on FOX 2 News in the Morning with more.

The micro-blogging service has received much criticism for not being able to stop hate speech and online harassment, especially during the election season. This issue has reportedly caused potential investors or acquirers to balk at associating themselves with this.

Implementation of these new options took a rather long time. This is the difficulty in dealing with 317M users tweeting in real-time.

Users will be able to:

  • Filter out certain keywords, phrases, user names, and hashtags in their mentions.
  • Mute entire threads.
  • Access Twitter’s newly revamped abuse reporting system allowing bystanders to report harassment and hate speech directly rather than leaving that option solely to the person on the receiving end.