Trolls have become so infamous on the internet that chances are high you might have heard about them. In case you haven’t, this Wikipedia definition of Trolls will explain why they are so infamous:
“In Internet slang, a troll (/troʊl, trɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting quarrels or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement.”
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Twitter has been fighting against the rise of trolls, and recently, it announced a new initiative to control this problem. Why Twitter? Because trolls seem to be most active on this platform. Twitter is a ‘suitable’ platform for trolls because everything posted on it can be viewed by everyone, and stuff goes viral on Twitter, faster.
Explain how Twitter plans to up its game against trolls, the platform said it will track behavioural patterns of its users and content they post to identify potential trolls.
Even if tweets from trolls don’t violate Twitter’s policy, posts that seem to “distort” the conversation will be hidden.
“Some troll-like behaviour is fun, good and humorous. What we’re talking about today are troll-like behaviours that distort and detract from the public conversation on Twitter,” said the blog from Twitter executives Del Harvey and David Gasca.