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4 ways Twitter plans to keep you safe and secure

Kristin Burnham | Aug. 11, 2015
Twitter recently unveiled its latest effort aimed at improving your safety and security: a new Safety Center hub, which aims to cut down on abusive behavior and arm you with information about its tools and policies.

"This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a tweet to other content that our safety team has, in the past, independently determined to be abusive,"the company said in an announcement.

Twitter has not detailed specifically what "limiting the reach"of abusive tweets entails, but the company says that it will not "affect your ability to see content that you've explicitly sought out."This could mean that while abusive tweets might not appear in your Mentions, you'll still be able to find them in your timeline.

4. Report Twitter threats to law enforcement

If you receive a threatening tweet directed at you, Twitter now lets you package that information into a summary that you can then take to law enforcement. Twitter launched this feature in March.

To report a tweet, click or tap the overflow button "..."then select Report and follow the prompts. If your criteria fits Twitter's definition of abuse, you'll see an option on the last screen to receive a summary of your report via email. This report will package the threatening tweet and URL along with the Twitter username, URL and timestamp of your report.


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