Twitter out to crack down on abusive tweets

Twitter said Thursday that it is cracking down on mean, hateful or menacing tweets that cross the red line from free speech into abuse. Twitter is overhauling its safety policy and beefing up the team responsible for enforcing it, along with investing “heavily” in ways to detect and limit the reach of abusive content, general counsel Vijaya Gadde said in an column published by the Washington Post. “We need to do a better job combating abuse without chilling or silencing speech,” Gadde said. The San Francisco-based micro-blogging site is also taking steps to curtail the use of anonymously created Twitter accounts to intimidate or silence targeted people.

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