As part of Twitter’s attempt in stopping abusive behaviour across its network, the company declared on Friday afternoon a new policy facing the users who repeatedly harass, threaten or make abusive comments during a Periscope broadcaster’s live stream. According to Twitter, the company will begin to more forcefully enforce its Periscope Community Guidelines by reviewing and suspending accounts of habitual offenders.
The plans were announced via a Periscope blog post and tweet that said everyone should be able to feel safe watching live video.
We’re committed to making sure everyone feels safe watching live video, whether you’re broadcasting or just tuning in. To create safer conversation, we’re launching more aggressive enforcement of our guidelines. https://t.co/dQdtnxCfx6
However, this suspension would only put out of action their ability to chat during the broadcast itself — it didn’t avert them from watching other live broadcasts and make further abusive remarks in the comments. Though they would risk the temporary ban by doing so, they could still disrupt the conversation, and make the video creator — and their community — feel threatened or otherwise harassed.
Twitter says that accounts that repeatedly get suspended for violating its guidelines will soon be reviewed and suspended. This enhanced enforcement begins on August 10, and is one of several other changes Twitter is making to its product across Periscope and Twitter focused on user safety.
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