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To Fight Trolls, Periscope Puts Users in Flash Juries

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Ronnie Allen

On Tuesday, the live-video app Periscope, owned by Twitter Inc., TWTR 0.79 % began rolling out comment moderation that will use a group of randomly selected viewers to decide if flagged comments are actually abusive.

Unfortunately, what we realized almost as soon as we launched the product is with that intimacy also came the potential for Internet abuse in a pretty significant way.

Unlike Periscope s previous anti-troll methods, in which broadcasters could kick out specific viewers, restrict commenting to those they follow, or turn off commenting altogether, this approach doesn t involve the broadcaster at all.

Those viewers will then see the flagged comment with a row of three options to choose below: abuse, looks OK and not sure.

Mr. Wasserman said the flash jury concept is something his team has been working on for the last six months.

Since these comments are flying by and in some ways superimposed over a broadcaster s face, the damage it can do is visible, it is live.

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