Stephen Colbert reveals major change coming to Twitter

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, courtesy of CBS
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, courtesy of CBS /

Stephen Colbert told his viewers on last night’s Late Show about a new change coming to Twitter which will punish those behaving badly on the app.

One has to wonder how effective this will actually be at stopping the trolls…

Last night on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert brought up the popular app Twitter during his opening monologue. It seems that a major change is coming to the service, as Colbert revealed to his viewers. And maybe it’s something which could directly affect the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

As Colbert says in his monologue, Twitter will start limited the visibility of tweets seen by people behaving badly on the service.  Which is something, up until now, you could only do by unfollowing, as Colbert jokes. Apparently Twitter will be using a new algorithm which analyzes thousands of behavioral signals, pushing tweets down which are deemed to be negative.

If you are labeled as a bad person by Twitter, you’ll get the punishment of having your responses hidden by a “show more replies” button. Though, to that, Colbert compares it to someone turning off the channel if a program warns them about its disturbing content.

You can watch the bit in the YouTube video below.

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We will just have to wait and see how much this will have an affect on the Twitter audience. It’s fun to think about whether this will be directly affecting the tweeted outbursts of the president. For more of Colbert, tune in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST on CBS.