As part of its efforts to crackdown on abuse and spam across its network, Twitter announced that it is rolling out a new policy to those who make abusive remarks in the comments of a Periscope live broadcast.
In a blog post, Twitter explained that it will start to become more aggressive in the enforcement of its Periscope Community Guidelines and will begin monitoring and suspending accounts of repeat offenders.
As noted by TechCrunch, Periscope’s moderation policy consists of “group moderation.” This means that when a viewer marks a comment as “abuse, spam, or other,” Periscope randomly picks a handful of other users to decide if a comment actually qualifies as one of those things. If the majority agree it the reported comment is spam or abuse, the commenter is suspended.
In the past, this suspension would only apply to the broadcast on which they made the infringing remark. Thus, they could go to other broadcasts and continue making abusive comments. Starting on August 10th, however, Twitter says it will “review and suspend accounts for repeatedly violating guidelines.”
This change comes, Twitter says, as it looks to create a “safe experience for broadcasters and users,” encouraging everyone to join the conversation:
Chatting on live video should be a safe experience both for broadcasters and viewers, so that everyone is empowered to join the conversation without fear of abuse. The Periscope Community Guidelines apply to all broadcasts on both Periscope and Twitter.
As part of our ongoing effort to build a safer service, we are launching more aggressive enforcement of our guidelines related to chats sent during live broadcasts.
More information on the changes can be found in the Periscope blog post on Medium.