Twitter has got a new tactic to put away the online bullies. The Twitter timeout feature will restrict the abusive online users. The company might also block the account if it finds any comments offensive. Only the followers of the banned account can see the tweet until the ban is lifted. Last week on February, Twitter started temporarily limiting the accounts.
A lot of users were restricted for a temporary period. They took screenshots of the messages Twitter sent them. According to the message they violated “company’s content rules.” There is 12 hours restriction on the account. Before 12 hours, they cannot tweet. But this ban will vary depending on the behavior of the offender.
How does Twitter timeout feature work?
A statement on the Twitter website explains these temporary timeouts will create a safer environment on the social network. There is no explanation about how Twitter detects if an account will be temporarily restricted or entirely suspended from Twitter login. But it only said the company is looking at overall context rather than just the potentially offensive keywords. [quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]Conversation/tweet are core to Twitter, but if we detect behavior that may violate the Twitter Rules or inhibit other people’s ability to express them freely, we may temporarily limit certain account features. For example, this could mean only your followers can see your activity on Twitter, including Tweet, Likes, Retweets, etc. Limiting the reach of potentially abusive content creates a safer environment and stronger Twitter community.[/quotes]
Thus, if any account repeatedly tweets offensive things, that doesn’t follow back, then Twitter can interpret this behavior as abuse. And he/she cannot login to Twitter. The account is restricted with a timeout, and if necessary, Twitter will ban it. From a pretty long time, Twitter faced a lot of cases of abuse and harassment. That is why Disney didn’t speak up when there talks of acquiring Twitter by Disney.
In the last few years, the company failed miserably to protect the user base from bullying and harassment. Nothing could stop users from recreating accounts. The worst part was a single user could set up multiple accounts to harass others.
Finally, Twitter takes serious action
Twitter rolled out anti-abuse features before also. But you could only block or report the account. Now, the Twitter timeout feature looks like the company has finally taken the matter seriously. Apart from this, Twitter is also actively stopping the abusers to spread content publicly. Well, those are banned or restricted, they are now baffled, stating their free speech now has consequences. For Twitter, the introduction of Twitter timeout feature can even bring new users if they feel safe.