Jul 20, 2017

Twitter ramps up action against abusive accounts

Hamza Butt / Flickr cc

Six months into its mission to make Twitter a safer place, the social giant says they've seen great success.

  • They're now taking action on 10x the number of abusive accounts every day compared to the same time last year
  • Accounts that were suspended with limited functionality after reports of abuse now generate 25% fewer abuse reports, and approximately 65% of those accounts are suspended just once.
  • Twitter's quality filter has led to fewer unwanted interactions. Blocks after @mentions from people users don't follow are down 40%.

Why it matters: Last week, Pew reported that 6% more people (a total of 41% of U.S. online adults) say they have been harassed online than two years ago. The biggest reason? Political beliefs — which run rampant on Twitter. Twitter has made a range of product updates that have been informed by research from its newly-formed Trust and Safety Council to make its platform safer over the past six months.

Go deeper

40 mins ago - Health

Medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine concerns

Photo: George Frey/AFP via Getty Images

The Lancet medical journal retracted a study on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were "unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis."

Why it matters: The results of the study, which claimed to have analyzed data from nearly 96,000 patients on six continents, led several governments to ban the use of the anti-malarial drug for coronavirus patients due to safety concerns.

George Floyd updates

Text reading "Demilitarize the police" is projected on an army vehicle during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C.. early on Thursday. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A judge Thursday set bail at $750,000 for each of three ex-officers, AP reports.

John Kelly defends James Mattis against Trump attacks

John Kelly in the White House in July 2017. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly defended James Mattis on Thursday after President Trump attacked the former defense secretary as "the world's most overrated general" and claimed on Twitter that he was fired.

What he's saying: “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly told the Washington Post in an interview. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused."