Twitter adds more safety tools, will curb abusive accounts

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo shows the sign outside of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter announced Wednesday, March 1, 2017, it is adding more new tools to curb abuse, part of an ongoing effort to protect its users from hate and harassment. It the second time in three weeks the company has released new features aimed at rooting out abusive content, signaling that it’s getting more serious about the issue after being criticized for not doing enough in the decade since its founding. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is adding more tools to curb abuse on its service as part of its ongoing effort to protect users from hate and harassment.

It is the second time in three weeks the company has released new ways to root out abusive content. It’s a sign Twitter is getting more serious about the issue; it’s faced criticism for not doing more in the decade since its founding.

Twitter said Wednesday that it’s working to identify accounts engaging in abusive behavior even if no one has reported them. Previously, abuse had to be reported for Twitter to do anything.

Twitter will place restrictions on accounts that repeatedly engage in abusive behavior. For example, tweets from such accounts will be visible only to followers or other users who deliberately search them out.