Hate No More, Courtesy of Twitter

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By: Thalia Molina

Okay, so I think it’s safe to say that 2016 has been one hell of a year. Good? Bad? You decide, but at the end of the day it has been one helluva 10 months. It’s not even over yet! The fact that our country is dealing with some of the most controversial issues is a very scary thought. Our presidential election was a complete joke all the way up until the results were announced, and in my opinion still continues to be the biggest joke our nation has ever been a part of. Lets just hope 2016 doesn’t hold any more major surprises for the remainder of its reign. Where is the silver in all of this you ask? Well, lets give it up to Twitter for that one.

During a time where our nation seems to be so divided and full of hate, Twitter wants to take action. It is no secret that social media is to blame for the constant exposure and fast deliverance of the negativity, hate, and backlash that goes on around us. I mean, it’s what keeps us connected and aware! Although social media is not all bad, there are some serious repercussions that come with it and unfortunately it is not always used to the best of its abilities. Twitter is a micro blogging community that allows people to freely voice their opinions. After all, it is our first amendment right and I personally believe that voicing our beliefs is perfectly okay. But when is it too much? Well, Twitter has taken action and is now letting you decide.

They recently announced that they are cracking down when it comes to hate speech and the control users have over their Twitter experience. They are implementing software that will allow the user to avoid offensive content by muting words, or conversations. They are doing so because of the concerning amount of abuse and harassment this particular platform has seen over recent months. Finally! You are finally able to completely shut out your idiot friends without blocking them completely. It is indeed 2016!

References:

Benner, K. (2016). Twitter Adds New Ways to Curb Abuse and Hate Speech. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/technology/twitter-adds-new-ways-to-curb-abuse-and-hate-speech.html?_r=0

Guynn, J. (2016). Twitter says it’s cracking down on hate speech. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/15/twitter-says-its-cracking-down-on-hate-speech/93822902/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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