Twitter, on Tuesday, announced a new abuse reporting system intended to keep a check on bullying incidences on the micro-blogging network.
The new simplified abuse-prevention functionality will let users to flag abusive content and report harassing tweets in fewer steps than the previous process. The revamped system also features a new blocked accounts page, accessible from the settings menu on Twitter, where users can manage the people they have blocked. User whose account has been blocked by another user will no longer be able to view that person’s profile page and tweets.
Shreyas Doshi, Twitter’s director of product management for user safety, in a blog post entitled “building a safer Twitter,” noted that “We are nowhere near being done making changes in this area. In the coming months, you can expect to see additional user controls, further improvements to reporting and new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts. We’ll continue to work hard on these changes in order to improve the experience of people who encounter abuse on Twitter.”
The new abuse reporting system, which has been currently rolled out only to a small group of Twitter’s 284 million members, will gradually be introduced to all Twitter users soon, the social blogging giant confirmed.
Twitter has long been criticized for its take on harassment issues. It seems recent scandals including GamerGate, and the abuse issue that forced Zelda Williams, Robin Williams’ daughter, to exit Twitter in the wake of her father’s death has finally forced the social networking giant to turn strict against users’ abusive behaviour.