Twitter made a couple of big safety updates yesterday (one of which was some improvements to the block functionality), including an update to the way that users can report harassment or abuse on the platform.
“Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day,” writes Shreyas Doshi, Director of Product Management, User Safety at Twitter. “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.”
Here’s an image shared by Twitter Support showing how it works.
Starting today we’re rolling out an improved way to flag abusive Tweets. See how it works. https://t.co/Yf6cStz0z1
— Twitter Support (@Support) December 2, 2014
“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,” said Doshi.
The updates are available now for the usual subset of test users and will be rolling out to everyone in the weeks to come.