As an attempt by Twitter to suppress abusive activities on its platform, the company announced a new policy on Friday afternoon. The new policy states that those who repeatedly harass, threaten or otherwise make abusive comments during a Periscope Live stream will have their account suspended. Twitter will be beginning to more proactively enforce its Periscope Community Guidelines by reviewing the repeated offenders and suspending their account.
The policy was introduced and made public via a periscope blog post and a tweet also was posted saying that everyone should be able to feel safe watching live video.
The comment reported as abusive undergoes group moderation, this is what the current comment moderation policy of Periscope. That is whenever a viewer reports a comment as “abuse,” “spam” or selects “other reason,” Periscope’s software will then randomly select a few other viewers to take a look and decide if the comment is abuse, spam or if it looks okay. Only because of this randomness, a user is prevented from using the software to a suspension of an account intentionally. And only after these random moderators (normal viewers) agree and vote the comment is actually abusive the commenters account gets suspended.
This suspension only restricts the viewer from making further abusive comments on the stream(Which he/she was currently watching) and it did not stop them from watching other live stream and from making comments on the streams, actually, the abusers risk this suspension, temporary ban in other words, and disrupt the conversation and make the video creator and creators community to feel threatened or otherwise harassed.
Twitter says that accounts that repeatedly get suspended for violating its guidelines will soon be reviewed and suspended. This will begin enforcement on August 10 and is one of several other changes Twitter is making to its product across Periscope and Twitter focused on user safety.
The company is attempting to address the problem since it has acquired the anti-abuse technology provider Smyte. The technology it offers the company could help Twitter address abuse at a greater scale in the future.