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24/03/2015 06:30 GMT | Updated 24/03/2015 06:59 GMT

Twitter Is Finally Testing A Troll Filter

Twitter is making some big changes to the way it tackles online abuse from trolls.

The service has just launched a prototype 'quality filter' for its verified users which will aim to hide notifications from tweets that contain abusive language or are from accounts that have a history of using abusive language.

Available as an option within the Twitter iPhone app, the service is currently only available to those with a little blue tick however it seems unlikely that the feature will remain exclusive for long.

Twitter has already made some changes to the way that people can report abusive behaviour to local law enforcement. If you spot continued abuse Twitter now gives you the option to print or email a tailored report that highlights the abuse and gives advice to local law enforcement on how to get more information.

Both of these changes come just a month after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admitted in an internal memo that the company hasn't done enough to combat the ever-present issues surrounding online abuse on Twitter.

"We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years. It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."

Costolo then went on to say, "We're going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them."