Twitter to expand availability of anti-troll tools in coming weeks

Twitter to expand availability of anti-troll tools in coming weeks

Popular microblogging service Twitter said in an announcement made on Tuesday that it has efforts underway to expand the availability of its anti-troll tools to users. The anti-troll tools underscore one of the several changes which Twitter is bringing to its service to fight online harassment.

Currently, the anti-troll tools are available only to a small group of Twitter's 284 million users. However, Twitter will start rolling out the tools to more users in the coming weeks.

The expanded availability of anti-troll tools to Twitter users will essentially pave the way for easier reporting of online harassment by the victims as well the witnesses. In addition, Twitter also plans to streamline the process for reporting abuse, particularly on mobile devices.

Making the anti-troll tools available to more users in the near future underscores a notable move by Twitter, especially since harassment and bullying on the microblogging site is quite rampant.

Acknowledging the pervasiveness of online harassment on Twitter, Shreyas Doshi - the company's director of product management and user safety - said in a blog post: "We are nowhere near being done making changes in this area. In the coming months, you can expect to see additional user controls, further improvements to reporting and new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts."

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