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Twitter collaborates with US researchers to curb online abuse

 San Francisco, April 7: Aiming to tackle abuse and hate trolls, Twitter has teamed up with two researchers from Harvard and Princeton Universities to study online abuse. In an experiment that began on Friday, Twitter will publicise its rules to users to test whether this would improve civility, the researchers wrote on Medium. “We proposed this idea to Twitter and designed an experiment to evaluate it. This project also pioneers an open, evidence-based approach to improving people’s experiences online, while protecting their privacy,” said Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate at Harvard University and J. than Matias, Post-doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. To protect privacy of the users, Twitter will only give the researchers anonymised, aggregated information, which means the experiment would be conducted without the mes or other persol information of any account. 

“What makes this effort unique is that we have chosen to conduct it as an open collaboration under a set of legal, ethical and scientific constraints,” the researchers said. “This will protect Twitter users, safeguard the credibility of our work, and ensure that the knowledge gained from it will be available for anyone to use — even other internet companies.
“This project also pioneers an open, evidence-based approach to improving people’s experiences online, while protecting their privacy,” they noted. (IANS)

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