Twitter has introduced a new feature that will hopefully combat trolls and make the site a more “friendly” environment for its users.
Twitter user safety engineer Xiaoyun Zhang believes that “this new, advanced feature makes blocking multiple accounts easy, fast and community driven.”
The feature will allow harassed users to block multiple accounts with ease, and it will also allow that user to share a list of trolls with others. A feature of this magnitude would allow good users to weed out the troublemakers and possibly make Twitter enjoyable for everyone.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has admitted that Twitter is not very good when it comes to tackling online trolls.
In a leaked memo to staff, Costolo said that “we suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret that the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.”
This is just the first step of many. In recent months, the company has banned the use of “Revenge Porn” aimed at embarrassing past lovers.
On many social networking sites, trolls have become so rampant that many people avoid using the site altogether. Twitter has to realize that its site is no place for the unnecessary hate.