Twitter expands its anti-abuse arsenal, but has a long way to go to silence the trolls

Reblogged from The Conversation.

Those suffering abuse, threats, or generally unpleasant behaviour on Twitter – of which is there is much – may welcome Zero Trollerance, an initiative that aims to tackle trolls by bombarding them with tweets containing helpful life tips and advice on how to be less angry and aggressive.

A bot scans Twitter for accounts regularly spewing sexist, racist, or otherwise offensive tweets and floods them with tweets with a “six-step” plan to relieve themselves of their anger and aggression, including links to self-help videos. The project’s creators, Berlin-based collective Peng, declare that: Continue reading