Twitter Is Surveying Users to Find Out How Big a Problem Online Harassment Is
Ooh, ooh! I have an answer for them! *Raises hand emphatically.*
Twitter, which sucks at dealing with online harassment as a whole by its own admission, is now surveying users to find out how big a problem online harassment really is.
Twitter abuse survey is asking, “How problematic do you feel abuse is on Twitter?” – what’s your answer? pic.twitter.com/tqyn9h3vto
— Adria Richards (@adriarichards) February 19, 2015
— The_News_DIVA (@The_News_DIVA) February 27, 2015
The survey is popping up on users’ mobile apps and asking them for help in minimizing that aforementioned “suck.” The Verge reports that the survey invite seems to be limited to verified users only. It’s a shame that the invitation isn’t going out to a wider audience, because we’d love to let Twitter in on how every article we write anymore that criticizes gaming explodes into an hours-long crapfest for the author that results in nothing but a lot of the block button.
Sadly, we understand all too well what is likely their reasoning for keeping the survey restricted. What’s even the point in asking a question when you already know a ton of trolls will flood in, derail the entire thing, and make the intended discussion impossible? The survey not only asks about Twitter but other services like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, as well, which could mean Twitter is where their recently improved anti-harassment measures rank among other sites.
Whatever the goal, it’s great to see Twitter making a continued push against the hordes of trolls.