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Anti-abusive feature earns Twitter public anger

San Diego News.Net - Friday 17th February, 2017

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - Post the dramatic and very social media focussed U.S. Presidential Elections, all top social networking websites have come under attack not only in America, but also across Europe and Asia. 

This, after claims were made by Donald Trump and team about the prominence that ‘fake news’ attained during the course of the campaign and his subsequent controversial statements that ignited a wave of anti-semitic social media attacks launched by citizens. 

In a bid to deal with such abusive messages and users, Twitter is said to have adopted several measures over the last few months. 

An anti-troll measure rolled out by the microblogging site, in a bid to curb the rampant abuse of privileges on the platform was met with a barrage of unforeseen criticism this week.

So much so that the website had to roll back one of these measures that reportedly prevented users from getting notifications after being added to lists. 

The strongest criticism made against Twitter in the melee has been that it lacks competence when it comes to dealing with abusive users.

The company, seeking to clarify said, “We want you to get notifications that matter. Starting today, you won't get notified when you are added to a list.”

However, despite Twitter’s good intentions behind the move, most users complained that it was important for them to be notified in case they had been added to the list, particularly when the list was a target.

Experts pointed out that people hardly use the List feature but that there are still many on the micro-blogging site, who need the feature in order to keep their accounts organized. 

Power users are particularly fond of the list feature as they have so many accounts to keep a track of.

Being added to a list can be problematic however, especially if the intent is to harass the user. 

Specifically, reports noted that trolls could add people to lists with offensive labels just because they tweeted something that the trolls didn’t like. 

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