Updated 08:55 AM EST, Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Twitter iOS Android Download & New Feature: Learn How Block List Sharing Works

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Twitter now gives its users, both Android and iOS, the option to block multiple followers in its latest attempt at diminishing bullying and harassment cases over the microblogging platform.

In an announcement on Wednesday, Twitter's user safety engineer Xiaoyun Zhang revealed the social media platform's new and more advanced feature that allows its users to block multiple accounts easily.

"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," the engineer noted.

According to Twitter Support, blocked Twitter accounts can no longer be used to follow the user and vice versa. The feature also provides less hassle in the Twitter users' social networking experience since accounts initially followed and were later blocked would automatically be unfollowed.

Additionally, the user would no longer receive notifications from accounts added to their block list even if they mention him in their tweet. Here's a complete list of what users cannot do after being added to your block list:

  •  Follow
  •  Send Direct Messages
  •  View the users' tweets, photos, videos, following or followers lists, lists or favorites when logged
  •  Add the Twitter account to their lists
  •  Tag a photo of the user

Advanced options also allow the user to export and import the list of blocked users, making record sharing so much easier.

"Mute and block are tools to help you control your Twitter experience. While many users find them useful, we also recognize that some users - those who experience high volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter - need more sophisticated tools," Zhang explained.

The Verge also reported that this new feature would—while long overdue—finally benefit Twitter users especially those who have been receiving harassing tweets and threats from "trolls and miscreants."

The announcement comes half a year after Twitter publicly made a vow through a report from CNET to protect its 302 million active users from being bullied and harassed during its initial release of the blocking feature on the social networking app.

In April, Twitter made it clear that it would not tolerate harassment and threats of violence conveyed through the app after they updated their "unduly narrow," a more recent report from CNET explained.

CNET also leaked statements from an internal memo from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, stating how they "suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform... for years," emphasizing that the company should act quickly to address this issue.

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