Twitter to beef up reporting, blocking features

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Date: Monday, December 8th, 2014, 10:40
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You’re about to get more controls for your Twitter account.

Last Tuesday, Twitter issued a blog post stating that the company would be enhancing its in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block.”

Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around harassment and abuse and we want to make it easier to report such content. So, we’re improving the reporting process to make it much more mobile-friendly, require less initial information, and, overall, make it simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review. These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly. And to enable faster response times, we’ve made the first of several behind-the-scenes improvements to the tools and processes that help us review reported Tweets and accounts.

As for the changes to block, the new blocked accounts page — which you can get to from the settings menu on — shows you the accounts you’ve blocked. We’ll be adding more controls and features to this page in the coming months. Additionally, accounts that you’ve blocked won’t be able to view your profile.

The updates will initially be available to a small group of users, but will roll out to the entire user base over a number of weeks.

The company also stated that users will see further improvements to user controls, reporting and new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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