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Twitter Said to Work on Anti-Harassment Keyword Filtering Tool

  • Abuse has led to departure of several high-profile users
  • New solution is similar to Instagram’s keyword-based filter
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Twitter's Plan to Combat Online Harassment

Twitter Inc. is working on a keyword-based tool that will let people filter the posts they see, giving users a more effective way to block out harassing and offensive tweets, according to people familiar with the matter.

The San Francisco-based company has been discussing how to implement the tool for about a year as it seeks to stem abuse on the site, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the initiative isn’t public. By using keywords, users could block swear words or racial slurs, for example, to screen out offenders.