Twitter’s CEO has announced plans to implement measures to curb hateful speech on the popular social-networking site. In an interview with the Financial Times, CEO Dick Costolo talked about how to eliminate trolls while allowing as much free expression as possible.
Hiding replies from users whose profiles do not contain a bio or picture and who do not have any followers is one measure that’s been discussed. Costolo does not plan to eliminate pseudonymous usernames, which are ubiquitous on Twitter, much more so than on say, Facebook. Twitter realizes that fake usernames allow trolls and haters to tweet with complete anonymity, but at the same time it allows for a more frank discussion among those who might not be comfortable expressing their thoughts so boldly under their real names.
It’s easy to see the holes in Twitter’s plans – determined trolls will find a way around any new rules fairly easily. But perhaps the company exerting a bit more control over content will discourage the casual hater or troll from spewing their ugliness into the Twitterverse, and thus make it a slightly more civil place for everyone.
What do you think?
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