Google Launches Harassment Manager to Filter Unwanted Comments From Twitter, Other Social Media Platforms


Tech giant Google has launched an open-source anti-harassment tool called ‘Harassment Manager’ to help journalists, activists and the general public.

Google’s Jigsaw Unit has released code for an open-source anti-harassment tool that could now work to integrate control options with Twitter’s API – such as hiding reply to tweets and muting or blocking accounts – with a bulk filtering and reporting system.

The tool allows users to download a separate report containing abusive messages; This creates a paper path for their employers or, in the case of direct threats, illegal content like law enforcement.

Google made the announcement on the occasion of International Women’s Day and highlighted the tool’s input from “Journalists and staff with a large Twitter presence,” especially relevant to women journalists who face gender-based harassment.

“We hope this technology will provide a resource for people who are victims of online harassment, especially female journalists, activists, politicians and other public figures who are dealing with inconsistently high toxicity online,” the company said in a post.



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