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Journalists are facing a surge in online violence, often leading to psychological or physical harm and self-censorship.

TRFilter allows users to document and manage online harassment and abuse, so they can take control of their social media feeds and focus on their professional activities.

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Journalists are facing a surge in online violence, often leading to psychological or physical harm and self-censorship.

TRFilter allows users to document and manage online harassment and abuse, so they can take control of their social media feeds and focus on their professional activities.

About the tool

TRFilter is a free web application for journalists and media practitioners. It syncs with the user's Twitter account, automatically recognising and flagging harmful comments. The tool limits journalists' exposure to abusive content, allowing them to block, mute or save comments at scale. It also allows users to create reports to store or share with third parties as needed.

TRFilter is currently available for use on Twitter.

Why use TRFilter?

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Bulk block or hide abusive comments and users

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Create records of online harassment

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Free. Customisable. Easy to use.

Register your interest

Fill in your details and be the first to know when TRFilter is available to use.

FAQs

What happens after I register?

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TRFilter will be launching soon. Register now to be the first to know when the tool is available to use, and find out more about Thomson Reuters Foundation’s media freedom work.

How does TRFilter work?

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TRFilter is a free web application. It uses machine learning technology to identify abusive comments and provide a toxicity score based on the perceived impact the text may have in a conversation. This helps users more easily review and filter out harmful comments. Currently the tool is only available to use on Twitter.

What languages does the tool work with?

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The application is currently only available in English, but will be expanded to include more languages in the future.

What will happen to my data?

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Please refer to our privacy policy to learn more about which personal information we collect and how and what we use it for.

Is TRFilter only for journalists?

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While TRFilter has been designed with journalists and media practitioners in mind, the tool may be used by anyone who experiences frequent online abuse through Twitter.

More about the Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity registered in the UK and the USA, we work to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, we combine our unique services to drive systemic change.

More about our media freedom work

Media outlets are facing unprecedented economic and technological challenges and there is an alarming increase in attacks on journalists around the world. We work with journalists, media managers, legal practitioners, policymakers, regulators, technologists, academia and businesses to foster a free and prosperous media ecosystem that can play a vital role in supporting democracy and development. Our media freedom work combines our unique blend of expertise in the journalism, media development and legal fields, with the aim of strengthening local and national journalism; improving media ethics and standards, and combatting misinformation; and exploring and shaping the future of the profession.

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More about our inclusive economies work

Economies are only truly inclusive when they are equitable, participatory and sustainable, and when they respect and preserve the environment around us. We work with journalists, legal practitioners, civil society, policymakers and the private sector to foster equitable, participatory and sustainable economic models that take into account the interests of all stakeholders and create fair opportunities for everyone. We employ a unique blend of our expertise in journalism, media development, legal research and convening initiatives to promote the development of ESG agenda, the advancement of social entrepreneurship, and to support a just transition. We also work to make sure that the benefits of technology are spread more widely and shared more fairly, so that they enhance human rights and freedoms.

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More about our human rights work

Human rights are inalienable, universal rights belonging to every single human being, irrespective of race, religion or creed. We work to shape public discourse about new and ongoing human rights issues through our own news coverage as well as our journalism training, legal support and research for NGOs influencing policy change, and by seeking out experts and activists with whom we can work to advance human rights. We aim to highlight some of the most critical human rights issues; drive policy change to advance human rights; and lead collaborative approaches to amplify impact at scale.

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More about our media freedom work

Media outlets are facing unprecedented economic and technological challenges and there is an alarming increase in attacks on journalists around the world. We work with journalists, media managers, legal practitioners, policymakers, regulators, technologists, academia and businesses to foster a free and prosperous media ecosystem that can play a vital role in supporting democracy and development. Our media freedom work combines our unique blend of expertise in the journalism, media development and legal fields, with the aim of strengthening local and national journalism; improving media ethics and standards, and combatting misinformation; and exploring and shaping the future of the profession.

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