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This Web App Will Warn You If You Are a Twitter Troll

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Representation of a Twitter troll.

A Web application developed by researchers at Intel can tell users how harassing they appear on Twitter.


Intel researchers have developed a Web application that tells users how harassing they are on Twitter, providing a numerical rating as well as example tweets that could be seen as harassing.

The app was produced through Intel's Hack Harassment, an effort to see if there are high-tech ways to make Internet communities safer.

The researchers trained the algorithm using a wide range of Internet content from Reddit, mainstream news websites such as those of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and data from Twitter.

The researchers say their goal is to release the tool publicly, as well as the source code behind it, over the next couple of months.

As an example, the researchers ran the algorithm on one user's tweets, analyzing nearly 43,000 posts. The application analyzed a subset of the more recent tweets, and rated the user as 99-percent nice.

Twitter recently released new tools designed to better mask harassing tweets. "I think technology is where this is happening," says Intel's Doug Fisher. "Technology has a role to play to figure out ways to help in all this."

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