This is a part of Twitter’s attempted crackdown on abusive behavior across the network.
According to the company’s announcement made this Friday afternoon, there’s a new policy facing users who repeatedly harass, threaten or make abusive comments during a Periscope broadcaster’s live stream.
Twitter stated that the company would begin to more aggressively enforce its Periscope Community Guidelines by reviewing and suspending accounts of such offenders who have a habit of posting this kind of abusive comments.
“Our community can report and vote on chats they consider to be abusive, and group moderation determines if someone can continue chatting. Starting on August 10, we will also review and suspend accounts for repeatedly sending chats that violate our guidelines. If you are in a broadcast and see a chat that may violate our guidelines, please report it,” the official blog post on Medium states.
We’re committed to making sure everyone feels safe watching live video, whether you’re broadcasting or just tuning in. To create safer conversation, we're launching more aggressive enforcement of our guidelines. https://t.co/dQdtnxCfx6
— Periscope (@PeriscopeCo) July 27, 2018
“We’re committed to making sure everyone feels safe, whether you’re broadcasting or just tuning in. Look out for more changes across policies, product, and enforcement as we continue to make both Periscope and Twitter safer,” the blog post concludes.
Periscope’s current moderation policy
For the moment, Periscope’s comment moderation policy involves only group moderation.
This means that when one viewer reports a comment as being “abuse” or “spam” or selects “other reason,” Periscope’s software will randomly select a few other viewers to take a look at the comment and say whether they consider it to be abusive, spam or okay.
The randomness factor here prevents a person (or persons) from using the reporting feature to shut down conversations. Only if a majority of the randomly selected voters agree that the comment is spam or abuse the commenter gets suspended.