Twitter is a great platform to share your thoughts with your friends. Unfortunately, as with any messaging and social media platform, users can easily face abuse from others in various forms, from harassment to trolling. In these cases, you could only block the messages from a problematic user, but it wouldn’t make them stop if Twitter didn’t ban their accounts.
In an attempt to somewhat regulate the behavior of users, Twitter announced the launch of a new anti-abuse measure, but it seems that the feature has been removed just as quickly as it came. The specific anti-abuse measure that was removed involves receiving notifications when you were added to specific lists made by other users.
The news that this anti-abuse measure was reversed, despite being implemented for just one week or so, came from a post by the Twitter Safety account. The post stated that users will no longer be notified when they were added to someone’s Twitter list. Twitter made the decision after receiving a lot of user feedback and came to the conclusion that those types of notifications were inconsequential information for most users. Twitter only wants users to receive notifications that really matter to them.
Lists have been a somewhat underutilized feature on Twitter, most adopted by power users, despite being useful in organizing various accounts. While being added to a list by a friend may be somewhat of a compliment, which emphasizes your relationship with them, in other cases being added to a list can even be considered a form of harassment.
People who regularly harass and troll other users could form special lists with offensive titles, which can be shared. Those lists can be used to barrage the users on it with continuous and regular abuse. The anti-abuse measure wasn’t very well received by most users, and Twitter decided to reverse their decision to remove the notifications users got when they were added to a list. Unfortunately, most users were not able to convince Twitter to allow them to remove themselves from the lists of people they’ve already blocked.
Do you use Twitter? If so, what did you think about the initial anti-abuse measure which has now been reversed?
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