Twitter is giving its users more “sophisticated” tools to fight against the haters who are gonna hate.
On Wednesday the San Francisco-based company introduced a new way to block several accounts at once, instead of one by one, by using block lists. By sharing your list of blocked accounts and importing other Twitter users’ block lists, it will be easier to find and block “unwanted interactions” all at once.
“You can now export and share your block lists with people in your community facing similar issues or import another user’s list into your own account and block multiple accounts all at once, instead of blocking them individually,” read a post on Twitter’s blog announcing the new feature. Twitter hopes that by helping users export and import block lists, people experiencing harassment on Twitter will be able to deal with it more efficiently and not abandon the platform altogether.
This is how it works: To export or import a list of blocked accounts, go to your settings on Twitter.com and find your blocked accounts. Then click on the advanced options drop-down menu to select whether you want to export your list or import another user’s list.
Since last year, Twitter has been amping up its security and privacy controls to combat harassment on the site. In December, the company made it easier for you to report abusive content. In March, Twitter totally banned “revenge porn” and other stolen nude photos from being posted on the platform.
Why this matters: Twitter said that communities facing similar attacks can band together to get rid of hateful tweets. It seems likely that feminist Twitter accounts will share and import each other’s lists of users that have hurdled misogynistic comments at them. The same can be said for Twitter communities to share lists of blocked accounts that are racist, homophobic, or transphobic.