Twitter changes strategy in battle against internet ‘trolls’

Twitter announced today that it revised its strategy for fighting abusive internet “trolls” that involves the use of behavioral signals to identify harassers on the social network and then limit the visibility of their tweets.

Twitter says that, after testing this new approach, they found a 4% decrease in abuse reports originating from search results and an 8% decrease in abuse reports from the conversations that take place as replies to tweets.

The company says active users should expect a series of other changes over the next several months as the company explores ways to encourage tweets that are more civil.