Twitter introduces new tools to report harassment



Popular micro-blogging site Twitter made an announcement on Tuesday regarding the improvements for the tools to report harassment and abuse on this social media platform. Twitter spokesperson said that, it will now require the minimum information from the users disproportionate content and it will be easier to submit tweets and accounts for review, even when the illicit behavior is observed and not received directly.

Shreyas Doshi, director of product management and user safety posted on Twitter’s website 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 the abusive accounts”.

The changes that are announced today includes reporting abuse with fewer steps, allowing the people who are not involved directly in the abuse and giving users the page where they can view and edit those who they have previously blocked and preventing the blocked users from seeing the profiles of the people who have blocked them.

Del Harvey, Twitter’s Vice President of trust and safety said in a statement that, [quote]The change we’re announcing today to our harassment reportng process and to our block feature are representative of our broader focus on giving the people more control over their Twitter experience, including interaction with others. We are also working to take advantage of more behavioral signals including the reports from bystanders and using them to prioritize the reports and speed up our review process[/quote]

This new changes will be rolled out to the users in next few weeks, including the modifications designed to speed up Twitter’s response by better prioritizing and consolidating reports of abusive content. Earlier this year, a online survey conducted by advocacy groups found that nearly half of Americans under 35 years have been abused or harassed online. 24% of the people participated in the survey said that harassment happened on Twitter.