Twitter is saying NO to harassment and is allowing everyone choose what they want to see. Users can now choose to limit their notifications to only the people they follow – this doesn’t necessarily stop harassment but puts a limit to how much of that you have to deal with. Once this is put in effect, twitter will automatically block out tweets from strangers including those of them who practice cyber bullying. On the down side, this will make it very difficult for old friends to find you. Once you get a follow back tweet request from people whom you know, it will not be visible from your notification tab.
A second anti-harassment tool is the expanded ability of the twitter quality filter which aims to “improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behaviour” this way, newly created accounts and accounts involved in suspicious activities will have a limited reach as they will be filtered out of your timeline and notification tabs.
These features aren’t exactly new; they have been in place for years but only to verified profiles. Twitter is basically allowing everyone enjoy the cyber peace and sanity most high-profile celebrities enjoy.