Twitter in 2018 remains a cesspool of narcissists, scammers, and trolls — I’m not just talking about Kanye West’s mentions — and on Tuesday the service announced its latest attempt to solve that problem.
In the coming weeks, Twitter will begin hiding tweets that are “detracting from the conversation.”
Twitter isn’t going to start flat-out deleting tweets from your Twitter feed.
Instead, its algorithm will mute certain users so their tweets fall behind a “see more replies” link and their content will no longer be searchable.
Del Harvey, vice president of trust and safety at Twitter, said to Slate that the primary factors will be how many complaints, blocks, and mutes an account receives compared to the number of favourites and comments a tweet receives.
On Twitter’s company blog, Harvey said this change should hit less than one percent of Twitter’s users.