If you're the kind of person who likes to write acerbic comments, nasty messages or abusivetweets - firstly, shame on you! - secondly, you're about to get schooled.

Twitter has announced a new method to counteract those using the platform for online abuse and harassment. A spokesperson for the company told Business Insider that it will be locking users out of their accounts who have been determined to be abusive for a 12 hour cool-off period . These accounts will disappear during the ban, with their tweets only reinstated to their followers once the ban is lifted.

The updated Terms & Conditions section of their website reads:

"Conversations are core to Twitter, but if we detect behaviour that may violate the Twitter Rules or inhibit other people's ability to express themselves freely, we may temporarily limit certain account features. For example, this could mean only your followers are able see your activity on Twitter, including Tweets, likes, Retweets, etc. Limiting the reach of potentially abusive content creates a safer environment and stronger Twitter community."

In recent times, Twitter has used both artificial intelligence software as well as human monitors to police trolls and hate speech in response to a growing number of cases of racist, misogynist and homophobic abuse.

Twitter trolls beware: you’re about to be put in the naughty corner