The anonymous, featureless Twitter Egg may look insidious enough, but it can harbour dark and damaging things.
The anonymity provided, combined with the lack of restrictions on content have seen Twitter become a precarious place to exist on the internet.
It only takes a few minutes to set up a Twitter account. If one decides not to add an avatar, the service adds a default Twitter Egg as the user’s profile picture.
Problems arise when those who wish to send hurtful, abusive or negative messages to someone (famous or otherwise), they can do so from behind such accounts, with little to no repercussions.
Until now that is. Twitter have announced that they are taking measures to combat online harassment. Ed Ho, Twitter’s vice president of engineering noted; “We’re continuing our work to make Twitter safer, moving faster than ever to do so.”
These moves come after a sea of complaints have been launched at the social media site, urging them to combat online abuse. The new measures will see anonymous accounts being monitored more closely. An option to mute all anonymous and unregistered accounts will also be implemented.
Twitter will also be improving their abuse reporting process, allowing users to report the harassment of both themselves and others.
Online bullying and abuse can cause immense emotional distress. Any moves that the giant social media companies make in an attempt to combat it are a positive step forward.
To find out more about cyber bullying and harassment, visit the Stay Safe Online website.