Does Twitter have a secret weapon for silencing trolls?

Luciana Berger, a member of British Parliament, has been receiving a stream of anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter. It only escalated after a man was jailed for tweeting her a picture with a Star of David superimposed on her forehead and the text “Hitler was Right.” But over the last few weeks, the abuse began to disappear. Her harassers hadn’t gone away, and Twitter wasn’t removing abusive tweets after the fact, as it sometimes does, or suspending accounts as reports came in. Instead, the abuse was being blocked by what seems to be an entirely new anti-abuse filter.

For a while, at least, Berger didn’t receive any tweets containing anti-Semitic slurs, including relatively innocuous words like “rat.” If an account attempted to @-mention her…

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