Stock Photo, November 4, 2013, Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco Twitter announced on Wednesday March 1, 2017 incorporating new tools to protect users from harassment. Jeff Chiu, File AP Photo

Twitter on Wednesday announced the addition of tools to curb abuse, part of its campaign to protect users from hatred and harassment.

For the second time in three weeks the social network unveiled new ways to banish abusive content.

It is a sign that Twitter is addressing the issue more seriously after receiving criticism for not doing so in the decade since its founding.

Twitter said Wednesday it “seeks to identify accounts characterized by abusive behavior even if no one denounces them”.

Previously the network only took action if there was a complaint.

The company will impose restrictions on accounts that persist in abusive conduct.

Tweets of those accounts will only be visible to their followers or to those who are deliberately seeking them.



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