Sep 18, 2019

New Twitter algorithms aim to stamp out trolling

A new tool can identify Twitter accounts engaging in bullying with over 90% accuracy, according to researchers. Jeremy Blackburn, a computer scientist on the research team, said the algorithms used information from Twitter profiles and looked for connections between offensive accounts. "We built crawlers - programs that collect data from Twitter via a variety of mechanisms," he said. "We gathered tweets of Twitter users, their profiles, as well as [social-]network-related things, like who they follow and who follows them." Stars including Countdown's Rachel Riley and presenter Gary Lineker pledged to ignore abusive trolls and instead report the worst cases to police and lesser offenses to platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

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