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Following Google & Reddit, Twitter updates its harassment reporting policy

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Twitter has announced improvements to its harassment-reporting process which includes issues like “impersonation, self-harm and the sharing of private and confidential information”. After streamlining the process to report harassment, the changes are expected to rolled out globally in the coming weeks.

This move follows the recent changes to policies from Google which said that users will not be able to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity” on its blogging platform Blogger, starting March 23 this year. Reddit also made changes to its privacy policy to prohibit the posting of nude photos or videos of people (engaging in sexual acts) without their prior consent to post them.

Verification for blocked Twitter accounts

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Temporarily banned users may need to verify their email or phone number in order to start using Twitter again, a report from The Verge said. Some users could also be banned permanently. Blocked account users will not be able to see the profile of a user who has reported the, the company announced in a blog post last December.

Twitter to process abuse requests faster

Twitter experiences over 500 million tweets every day. Tripling the size of its support team, Twitter now reviews 5x the reports from what it did previously, alongside updating its tools. The tools are not updated so that along with victims, bystanders can also report private information and impersonation abuse. Twitter says that the average response time has also dropped “significantly”, with a continuing drop, although the numbers are not public.

Along with Twitter’s rules that discourage impersonation, trademark and copyright infringement are also anti-abuse and anti-spam policies such as username squatting, selling usernames, targeted abuse and uploading of pornographic images in profile/header or background photos.

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