Twitter has introduced a new feature in an effort to improve its anti-harassment tools. With the new feature, a Twitter user can now report tweets that mentioned him even if the user was blocked by the author’s account.
“You can still report an account that has blocked you. When reporting the account, you will have the option to include Tweets that mention you, unless that account has protected their Tweets and you do not follow them. If the account has blocked you, then their Tweets that do not mention you cannot be viewed or included in your report,” Twitter said in its website.
To report a tweet a user can visit the profile of the author and then click on the ‘gear’ icon (on web or Twitter for iOS) or tap the overflow icon (Twitter for Android). The user can click the ‘Report’ icon. The user will be required to provide additional information about the issue and the specific tweets.
The social media network has been criticised for not doing enough to tackle the harassment problem. Many high-profile celebrities and activists were forced to leave Twitter after suffering abusive tweets.
A study published in May 2016 revealed more than 200,000 aggressive tweets were posted by 86,500 users over a three-week period.