Twitter says new filter will allow people to block hateful messages and will allow more accounts to block accounts with hate speech, but not posts about people.
The new filter, first reported by The Verge, will be available to people in the U.S. and U.K. with an account that’s at least 500,000 followers and will also apply to people who are on Twitter in the other countries that have the filter.
“We want to protect everyone, including the people that don’t like us, the people who don’t follow us, and those who don.
And this is something that we have been working on for a while,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said in an interview with The Verge.
“We want our platform to be inclusive, but we also want it to be useful and be able to help people make better choices about their lives.”
The filter will apply to posts that include a user’s name, picture, or the words “hate speech” or “terrorist.”
It won’t affect posts from verified users who have at least one million followers.
Users can also block messages by going to the account’s settings page, selecting a filter, and checking “Block hate speech” at the bottom of the list.
“People don’t have to know what it means to be a hate-filled person, and we’ve seen some really hateful, vile, hateful stuff,” Costolo told the Verge.
Costolo said that the filter is not intended to be the ultimate answer to all of the issues faced by users in the comments section, which have been a source of frustration.
“The way that we treat our commenters has changed, and people want that to be part of our conversation,” he said.
“It’s not about being a neutral platform.”
In a statement, Twitter said it has been working to improve its hate speech policies, and that it has “committed to working to address” any problems caused by the new filter.
It said that it was reviewing the new policy with Twitter’s users, and has been making progress.
Twitter has since updated its hate-speech policy to remove some of the old prohibitions, and will update it again this month.
“There are some important things we’ve learned about the way that users are sharing their experiences of being harassed online, and I’m excited to work to make that a much safer place for everyone,” Costello said.
Twitter’s comments are a central issue in the presidential election, which has turned into a referendum on its policies.
Some candidates have used Twitter to attack each other and incite violence, and the company has been under fire from civil liberties groups and even some lawmakers for its policies toward free speech.
Twitter said it would also be open to other platforms’ suggestions for how to improve their hate speech filters, and suggested that users could help by suggesting which companies’ filters they’d like to see the company adopt.