Twitter today unveiled a new set of tools which will make it easier for the users of the networking platform to flag abusive content, block out spammers, and harassers and to banish Twitter trolls. The new tools which have already been made available to a small group of members will be rolled out to all users within a few weeks, confirmed by the site officially.
At present, Twitter has a one-click button by clicking on which users of the site can fill out a report if they have been harassed on the site. However, this page asks the users to furnish lots of details which is both cumbersome and annoying. The new process will make the whole process easier, by asking for lesser information. Not only will the actual harassers be able to report abusive content on the site, but people who are not victims and see an abuse taking place can voice their discontent too!
Users will also be able to see a blocked accounts page, on which they can see the list of all users whom they have blocked earlier.
Though harassing and bullying is a common occurrence across networking platforms, Twitter has set a worthy example for all others to follow by coming down strictly against all haters, spammers and perpetrators of abusive content.
“We’ll be adding more controls and features to this page in the coming months,” the Twitter announcement said. “Additionally, accounts that you’ve blocked won’t be able to view your profile.”
“We are nowhere near being done making changes in this area,” wrote Shreyas Doshi, director of product management and user safety, in a blog post. “In the coming months, you can expect to see additional user controls, further improvements to reporting and new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts.”
Though this will not put an end to all harassment since haters can bullies usually operate with multiple accounts and can set up new ones for the purpose, the Twitter effort in this direction is being applauded by social media analysts.