Twitter Releases New Suite Of Anti-Harassment Tools, Promises Faster Response Times For Dealing With Abuse

About time we trashed the trolls ! #trolls #cleanupthenet Twitter, well done

TechCrunch

Twitter this morning has released a new set of anti-harassment tools that make it easier for users to flag abuse on the network, as well as describe more specifically why they’re blocking or reporting a Twitter account.

Twitter had made it fairly simple to report spam, but the new tools allow users to report a variety of troubles, including impersonations, harassment, and even self-harm or suicide. In addition, users can report the harassment on behalf of other users, even if they’re not the target themselves, which is a big change.

When “harassment” is chosen as the option in the new abuse reporting workflow, users are asked to choose “who is being affected?” and can answer “I am” or “Someone else is.” They can then choose from a menu where they’re asked to describe what the abuser is doing, with options like “being disrespectful or offensive,” “harassing me” or “threatening violence or physical…

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