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Behold an app that analyzes Twitter accounts to identify trolls

Trolldor, is like community policing for Twitter trolls


Sarah Gray
August 19, 2014 2:03AM (UTC)

Last week you may recall that the daughter of Robin Williams was harassed on social media to the point of leaving both Instagram and Twitter.

Twitter trolls -- whether spammy bots, or other abusive accounts -- are a real issue for the social media site. One they stated they'd address after Zelda Williams quit Twitter. And according to The Daily Dot, they can be tough to spot.

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Twitter still must act to protect its users from abusive, or spam-filled accounts. However, there is a new safeguard until they do: Enter Trolldor.

Trolldor is a free service that checks Twitter accounts across several metrics, to determine what percent that user is a troll, and should therefore be reported. "Trolldor works like a blacklist of Trolls, and is open to any user in the world with a Twitter account," their website claims.

Trolldor is sort of like community policing for Twitter. Users can see who is marked as a troll, and report other users. Three reports are required to mark somebody as a troll.

But how do you know if somebody is an annoying Twitter troll? Trolldor has a set of metrics including how many times a person tweets a day, how many followers they have, how many links they send out, etc. They also have percentages that a normal non-troll should have versus a Twitter harasser.

The Daily Dot points out that celebrities often rank within the limits of a troll, however verified accounts cannot be reported.


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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