Twitter has an abuse problem, and after years of promises of a fix and that the company was "working on it," the company has released a new tool designed to clean up your timeline.
The new Quality Filter is off by default, and only takes a few seconds to enable. You can go about it one of two ways, on the web or through Twitter's mobile app.
Via the website
- Log in to your Twitter account on Twitter.com.
- Click on your Notifications tab, then Settings at the top of the column.
- Conversely, you can click on this link to go directly to your account's notification settings page.
- You can enable the Quality Filter as well as limit your notifications to only those that you follow by checking either box.
- Click Save Changes.
- Open the mobile app, then select the Notifications tab.
- iOS users should tap on the gear icon in the top-left corner.
- Android users can tap on the menu icon in the bottom-right corner then Notification Settings.
- Slide the Quality Filter switch to the On position.
What exactly gets filtered?
To be honest, it's not all that clear. A Twitter support page detailing the new filter offers a rather vague outline of what it does. Twitter states the filter will "improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior."
Perhaps a more apt description of what the Quality Filter does is listed in the mobile app, which states: "Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from your notifications timeline that contain threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content, or are sent from accounts that are suspicious or that you've muted."
It's also important to note, turning on the Quality Filter will not remove tweets from your notifications sent by people you follow or accounts you've recently interacted with. In other words, if someone starts spewing hateful nonsense toward you, it's best to ignore it and let Twitter's new tool take care of the rest.