It is mind boggling that Twitter has yet to develop meaningful anti-harassment filtering options for users despite recognizing the cesspool that exists for some users. It is NOT complicated.
- Allow users to filter by age of account. Only see mentions if the account is as many years or months old as you choose.
- Allow users to filter my number of followers.
- Allow users to filter by number of posts.
- Allow users to filter by “verfied” accounts. Twitter needs to expand verification via credit card. Not “public interest” accounts, but for people who are willing to say “This is me. I am a real person. Others my find that more interesting than eggs.”
None of this is revolutionary. None of this is complex. These 4 features would clean up 95% of the internet garbage on Twitter for public users if implemented aggressively. Yes, you’re going to lose some connection to newer users, but that’s the wheat lost in a metric ton of chaff. Eventually, they’ll get bored and start going away and you can throttle back your filtering.