Twitter is now marking entire profiles as 'sensitive'

2016 was the year of the internet troll. This year, Twitter is trying to take on its troll problem through a range of tools aimed at filtering abusive tweets and most recently, the social media giant is running a test to mark entire accounts as "containing sensitive material".

Among the programs Twitter has introduced in 2017 is a function that removes tweets containing "potentially sensitive content" from search results. 

It's also rolled out a 12-hour time out for accounts it believes are engaged in abusive behavior, but it does notify users if they've been hit with the red card. In the case of the 12-hour suspension, accounts are detected by patterns of behavior and not just potentially offensive keywords. 

A spokesperson from Twitter confirmed the platform is running a “limited test of a new safety feature.”

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