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Now, Twitter allows users to share their block lists

Micro-blogging site Twitter recently introduced a new feature that allows users to share block lists with one another. 

Micro-blogging site Twitter recently introduced a new feature that allows users to share block lists with one another. 

According to a TechCrunch report, the idea behind this feature is that by opening up these blocking tools to the wider community, users will be able to more quickly and easily block multiple accounts at once.

At present, individual users can mute and block accounts that are engaged in trolling, spam, abuse or other unwanted behaviors. But handling this on a one-off basis can become time-consuming. By letting users share their own block lists with each other, users will be able to import a list of known problem accounts and immediately block them all at once, which greatly simplifies the process, reports TechCrunch.

In a blog post, the company mentions that in order to access this new feature, users are instructed to navigate to their “blocked accounts” settings on the Twitter.com website, then click on the advanced options drop-down menu and select “export your list” or “import a list,” as need be.

The import/export tool also allows you to review the list before you export it, in order to deselect any names you don’t want included. The list is created as a .CSV file that can then be sent to others however you choose.Twitter has faced a number of problems on this front in recent months, including the GamerGate saga, which involved women in the gaming industry facing violent and misogynistic harassment that included death and rape threats, the revealing of their personal information (including home addresses), and the sharing of other graphic material.

Due to such incidents, Twitter began updating its abuse reporting mechanisms in earnest starting last year. Last December, it launched the blocked accounts settings page and tightened the rules so accounts you’ve blocked can’t view your profile. In April, the company announced additional policy and enforcement changes. This feature is yet another step towards making Twitter safer for everyone and will be available to some of its users starting today and all users in the coming weeks. 

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