In a blog post, Twitter said accounts without a confirmed email address, for example, could be targeted.
“These signals will now be considered in how we organize and present content in communal areas like conversation and search,” the blog post states.
When asked whether algorithms would target conservative or liberal users, another software engineer said the “majority of [them] are for Republicans.”
In early testing of the system, Twitter saw a 4 percent drop in abuse reports from search and 8 percent fewer abuse reports, its blog post states.
In its blog post, Twitter executives wrote that the new behavioral formula is just one attempt to weed out abuse.