Could Twitter cyberbullying finally come to an end thanks to a new feature currently in the works?
Freedom of speech paired with internet anonymity has led to increasing case of cyberbullying over many social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter, in the past couple of years.
To be more precise, cyberbullying, in this case, is not a distinct occurrence of a person speaking their mind while using more adult language than conventionally preferred, nor does it mean somebody making an unpopular opinion public.
The actual issues of online cyberbullying is that several social media accounts, both high and low profile, are constantly bombarded with foul harassment just for the sake of it. It has gotten to the point where many individuals have decided to quit on their social media accounts in order to avoid further social or mental damage.
However, freedom of speech does not equal to freedom to tweet. In their latest and by far strongest attempt to combat Twitter cyberbullying, the company may be developing a tool which could automatically block the display of tweets with offensive content.
Why Is Twitter Cyberbullying Such A Big Problem?
Twitter has hundreds of millions of active accounts tweeting on a daily basis. The content varies from text to links to photos to videos. Unsavory or abusive tweets can be easily reported but before any measures are taken, they need to be reviewed by a human team.
No matter how professional a human team is, they are still prone to bias. In addition, whenever a new trending topic emerges, it is bound to have its fair share of internet hate.
No matter the reasons, users can be angry or disappointed and speak out. Acting against these individuals would not fix a problem, it would just create more anger due to speech limitation.
However, adding a word filter and automating a process that just removes any content which mentions any of the words, no matter the context is a clean, efficient, and quick way to manage the entire Twitter cyberbullying situation.
With such a feature in play, no Twitter user can accuse the service of denying their freedom of speech. Meanwhile, on the receiving end, users are spared of any content that they find abusive, allowing everybody to fully customize their Twitter experience to better suit their needs.
The feature does not fix the original issue in regards to how abusive and mean-spirited people can be over the internet. However, the tool does not address that issues, as it merely is meant to address Twitter cyberbullying.