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Twitter makes it easier to report threats to law enforcement with ‘E-mail report’ button

Micro-blogging
site Twitter recently announced that they will soon start rolling out a change
that makes it easier for users to report threatening tweets that they feel may
warrant attention from law enforcement.

Micro-blogging
site Twitter recently announced that they will soon start rolling out a change
that makes it easier for users to report threatening tweets that they feel may
warrant attention from law enforcement.

Here’s how it
works: after filing a report regarding a threatening Tweet directed at the user,
the users will see an option on the last screen to receive a summary of their
report via email.

When the user
will click on the “Email report” button they will receive an email that
packages the threatening Tweet and URL along with the responsible Twitter
username and URL and a timestamp as well as their account information and the
timestamp of their report.

Ethan Avey,
Product Manager, User Safety, Twitter, said in a blog
post
, “While we take threats of violence seriously and will suspend
responsible accounts when appropriate, we strongly recommend contacting your
local law enforcement if you’re concerned about your physical safety. We hope
that providing you with a summary of your report will make that process easier
for you.”

Recently,
Twitter updated
its privacy policy
to take down non-consensual nude photos as well as non-consensual
videos of sexual acts. Although, pornographic content itself is not banned on
Twitter, the company said that they will only take down specific images or
videos as reported to violate its policies.

Just last month,
Twitter also announced improvements to its harassment-reporting
process which now includes issues like “impersonation, self-harm and the
sharing of private and confidential information.” The changes are expected to
rolled out globally in the coming weeks.

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