Twitter is introducing a new feature that will permit users to block an entire list of trolls at the time. This will make it easier to fight off cyberbullying.
Out of all the social media platforms out there,Twitter is least safe one when it comes to cyberbullying. Dick Costolo, who has recently decided to resign from his position as CEO of the company declared a few months ago that he is actually ashamed by how his company has dealt with the issue of online bullying.
And he had serious reasons to make such a statement, as the number of people who have been the victims of online harassment on Twitter is outstanding. The situation is worst for public figures, like actors, singers, politicians and sports stars whose accounts were almost directly open to haters.
And since every public figure has both fans and a long list of haters, there gave quite a few unpleasant moments for them on the social media network. And it was precisely because of these public cases that the management department of the network decided that swift and harsh methods need to enforced as soon as possible in order to bring down the rate of complaints.
And now they have developed this new feature that allows users to extrapolate their own list of cyber-foes and Twitter will block them in bulk. It will come in handy for those who are being harassed by large number of users, but it will also make it possible to put good old-fashioned public shaming for good use, as the lists can also be made public.
For the moment, the feature is in a trial phase, and therefore it is only available to a handful of users that will have to test it out and find where it needs to be improved, so that the IT engineers can come in an make the tweaks it needs to function properly.
With the help of these users who are testing it out at the moment, the fully functional version can be released to the general public shortly. Twitter officials are hopeful that this feature will make the cyberbullying rate plummet significantly and that it will become manageable in the future.
The micro-blogging network is hopeful that it will be able to offer its users a harassment free platform in the near future, making Twitter the cozy fun place it was meant to be.
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