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In early February, news circulated that Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) CEO Dick Costolo admitted the company wasn't particularly successful at controlling abuse and harassment.

This week, Twitter introduced a new feature to help combat bullies. It's called "Quality Filter," and it lets verified users remove problematic, offensive, threatening and abusive tweets from their timelines.

It seems that, for now, the quality filter is only available for verified users.

According to Techcrunch, the company has not said whether the function is on the way for non-verified users.

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While the feature is not exactly groundbreaking, since Twitter already offers a similar function called "tailored filtering" (which allows verified users to edit feeds), it could be an advancement toward more effective moderation.

Last week, the company also introduced a series of new reporting tools that make it easier to flag abusive tweets and alert authorities about threats to personal safety. Prior to this, in late February, the company had also announced it had tripled the size of the support team focusing on handling abuse reports.

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