Twitter has announced a new "quality filter" which is designed to allow users to deal with trolls and abusive posts more easily. The new feature should be available in the "coming days". Twitter's aim is to give users more control of what is posted about them. This comes after the site was criticised for taking down Rio 2016 related tweets since the Olympic Games began, claiming it was a breach of copyright. It's also been suggested the Twitter is failing to properly combat harassment but act quickly on the issue of copyright. It's not the first time people have criticised them for not doing more about abuse.
Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones had to leave the site because of racist abuse last month. She said: "Twitter I understand you got free speech. I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let it spread like that." A new notification feature is also being introduced which will help users to only see notifications from users that they already follow. This should reduce abuse by cutting down the amount of abusive messages that users get from people they don't know.
Twitter has said in a blog post: "We're introducing some new features that will give you more control over what you see and who you interact with on Twitter, rolling out to everyone in the coming days. Last year we began testing a quality filter setting and we're now rolling out a feature for everyone. When turned on, the filter can improve the quality of tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behaviour. 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."