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Twitter makes public blocked users’ lists; adds popular conversation threads

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Twitter has added a feature where users can share their blocked users lists publicly. The feature will also let users block multiple accounts at a go, import and export users’ block lists and share them on the platform. The feature will also be accessible to developers. The company said that it was working on adding further user controls to the platform.

In order to export or import a blocked users list, Twitter users can go to their blocked accounts settings and click on the advanced options to select the import/export action. Users can also download a list of their blocked accounts, and select selective accounts to export.

Abuse and prohibited content block

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In April, Twitter had updated its product and policy in order to address abuse and prohibited content. The first policy update dealt with violent threats. The company would be monitoring and evaluating the changes in real time to keep track of abuse and ensure greater participation from its users. Twitter would also lock abusive accounts for specific periods of time which included cases where multiple users were harassing a person or group of people.

Reporting threatening tweets 

In March, it made reporting threatening tweets directed at its users which may need attention from law enforcement easier. Twitter’s summary report “hoped to ease the process” where its users, in need of physical safety, were looking to file police reports about the threat/harm to them. It used this form to report abusive or harassing users and this link to report violations.

In the same month, Twitter updated its privacy policy to take down non-consensual nude photos as well as non-consensual videos of sexual acts. Twitter was not going to “curate” other pornographic content but would only take down specific images or videos as reported to violate its policies.



Twitter has also issued an update which will group conversations and display the most interesting conversations happening around the popular tweet, beneath the tweet. Twitter will judge the popularity of the conversation by checking if the original account user has replied to the tweet. However, it did not list other factors it would consider for the same. Users need to click on the line where they see “view other replies” to check other responses. These features will be visible to both logged in and logged out users on the web, with mobile support coming soon.

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Is this Twitter’s foray into human content curation?

Interestingly, a TechCrunch report stated that Twitter had moved from a human-powered curation model to one which would be more algorithm driven to provide and push “greater breadth of content” to its users.

Updates from when you were not using Twitter

In April, Twitter introduced Highlights, a feature which would push rich notifications to its users to catch up on stuff relevant to its users. Twitter would check the user’s following accounts, popular conversations among following users, tweets from people “the user was closely tied to”, topics and events trending in the user’s area or network and popular or trending people from accounts the user follows.

Last month, Twitter said that it had over 302 million monthly active users globally, reflecting a growth of 18% year-on-year, in its Q1 2015 earnings conference call. The US market represented 65 million MAUs or 21.52% of the global users. The company had added that it was running tests on what it called instant timelines to give users a rich personalized timeline immediately, even if they didn’t follow any accounts during the sign-up process.

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