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Twitter on Tuesday announced new tools for blocking content and reporting harassment, following criticism that existing methods were insufficient. The new tools allow you to do more than simply block an account that's bothering or spamming you — you can now select from a variety of offenses, such as harassment or impersonation. You can then specify whether, for example, the account is simply offensive or whether violent threats are being made (against you or anyone else). The blocked accounts page is also getting a boost: People you've blocked can no longer see your profile, and everyone you've blocked is there for you to peruse, report or forgive.


These more specific complaints should help them get addressed more quickly — much to the chagrin, no doubt, of hackers and abusive users. More improvements are on their way, with the aim of making your Twitter feed a little more difficult to disrupt.



—Devin Coldewey