How Twitter Will Protect Students at Stoneman Douglas High School


Officials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have unveiled plans to reopen the Parkland, Florida, school next week, with classes beginning as early as next Tuesday. Teachers and staff members will arrive at the school on Friday morning, and there will be a variety of support services available for them. On Sunday, the school will hold a voluntary campus orientation, where students and parents can return to the campus to re-acclimate themselves to the surroundings. The school district hopes to resume a modified schedule of classes next Tuesday — but Building 12, where the shooting occurred, will be closed and cordoned off indefinitely.                                                              

 Twitter will be taking steps to protect the survivors of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after some of them were targeted for harassment across social media.

… Several of the survivors have come under fire from far-right groups and conspiracy theorists online, who have claimed that at least one of the survivors was a paid actor, and that the shooting itself was a staged. These claims have led to the harassment that Twitter is now trying to guard the survivors against.

… Specifically, Twitter says via tweet that “We are also using our anti-spam and anti-abuse tools to weed out malicious automation around these individuals and the topics they are raising. We have also verified a number of survivors’ Twitter accounts.”

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