Twitter attempting to curb online harassment

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NEW YORK (AP) - An attempt to curb online bullying on a popular social media site. Twitter is aiming to put a dent in how often users are harassed in the Twitterverse.

Twitter users can soon expect a more refined "mute" function that allows tweeters to shutout accounts they don't want to see tweets from. The feature goes beyond blocking users. Now, users will be able to use mute keywords phrases and conversations they don't want to get notifications about.

But these words, phrases and conversations will continue to exist on Twitter, and anyone who doesn't mute it will continue to see it. But Twitter Inc. said Tuesday it is also making it easier to report hateful conduct. It says also re-trained its support teams about its policies and hateful conduct.