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Twitter Adopts New Policy and Tools to Block Threats, Harassment

Twitter Inc. adopted further restrictions against violent threats and is working on features aimed at limiting abusive content appearing on users’ feeds.

While Twitter had prohibited “direct, specific threats of violence against others,” the policy is now being changed to include threats of violence or promoting violence, the San Francisco-based company said in a blog post Tuesday. The social network will also be able to suspend the accounts of users suspected of harassing others until they comply with guidelines, and it’s testing a feature that will filter out out abusive tweets.