One of the risks that one has when publishing these days, is that their article can become outdated in as little as 30 seconds! I found out today that there is already a form of message blocking in Periscope. The reason that I and many other Periscope Broadcasters don’t know about this is because we don’t use those words in our messages. A dialog opens that gives the user a warning and asks if they really want to send that comment.
I also need to summarize my concept so it’s a little more clear when you read the rest of the article below. My concept of a system dealing with abuse is based on 2 requirements:
- It must work in real time
- It must discipline the abuser (with #3 below) and thus reduce the abuse culture.
My concept accomplishes this in 3 ways:
- An automated system that functions without user intervention (with the exception of editing the word list) .
- An editable word list with conditions (examples are outlined below). Certain messages will always get through and each Broadcaster must have the ability to edit this list as needed.
- An abuser can be blocked by a concept I call “Shared Blocking” where both Broadcasters and Viewers can choose to share other users blocks.
But, the reality is, Periscope has already taken measures to reduce abuse, and I commend them. Perhaps they might consider adding “Shared Blocks” to the abuse control system.
Lastly, I want to say that in no way has this article been written as a criticism of Periscope. This article is the result of considerable thought I have given to this issue. From now on I’m going to leave this issue in their capable hands. The original article begins below:
ScopeDay is over, and I am honored to have been able to participate in such an historic event. I’m going to write a blog article about my experience doing my broadcast and working with Mike Lin, the organizer of ScopeDay. But not right now. Now I want to address a major problem that many Periscope broadcasters are dealing with – and that is comment abuse. Fortunately, I have a suggested solution that would eliminate a great deal of that abuse, and more importantly, deal with the abuse culture itself. I have a “Periscope Wish List” of other features, but this one cannot wait (I’ll publish the rest of the list later).
If there is any doubt about the need to deal with abuse, then I would like to present the following screen caps, taken from Kerri Elimeleck’s beautiful ScopeDay broadcast:
Notice the bottom comment, from someone called KACIRANHASAN. There is another comment from him (I assume he’s male) above that, but it’s apparently not in English.