Users can now share entire lists of blocked persons with their friends. Twitter Will Improve Its Anti-Trolling Features as a response to several celebrities canceling their twitter accounts.
Popular users criticized Twitter due to the low privacy features previously supplied by the company.
In a blog entry Twitter engineer Xiaoyun Zhang has explained the new features which allow Twitter users to share entire blocking lists with people who support them or have received “mean” replies from the same people.
The new option will place a export your list option in the “advanced options” at the top of the “blocked accounts” page. Sharing or importing entire list of “unwanted” people could reduce the amount of trolling on the 302 million users networking service.
This anti-trolling feature might also be useful to specific groups, for example feminists, social activist and political groups.
The option will allow people belonging to social activist group , for example, to share a list of people that are specifically against their target policies, and thus reduce insults and threats received for political or religious reasons.
Internet trolling is a worldwide phenomenon and Twitter has never been any good at combating it.
It is rumored that Twitter was initially pushed on by its own shareholders to not take a stand on trolling and bullying, in order to keep new user monthly standards on the rise.
Celebrities from every domain have deleted their twitter accounts, due to Cyber Bullying and Trolling and this means less sought after content on twitter. This in its turn reduces the interest in the company with many users also mass deleting their account in response to Twitters inaction.
The amount and specific type of language considered “threatening” has also been enlarged, in order to better identify violent language and abuses that are not direct threats.
Twitter hopes to regain a large amount of peple that previously deleted their accounts, through this new approach, but the effectiveness of the violent language changes and blocking options is yet to be seen.
In any case Twitter remains a massively popular social networking service with hundreds of millions of users and is expected to stick with us especially considering its popularity with teenagers.
Even if Twitter will improve its anti-trolling features people who renounced using the service will not necessarily come back, Twitter’s new policies might at least stop the decline in user accounts.
Some of the most well known people who share information on their daily thoughts on twitter include, the U.S. President Barack Obama, scientists Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, singers 50 Cent and Alicia Keys, and many more.
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