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‘Block List’ to name and shame trolls

Twitter has announced it is introducing a ‘list of shame’ to combat online abuse.

Black and White sign saying 'Do Not Feed The Troll'The social media giant is allowing users to create a public list of abusive accounts they have blocked in its latest bid to stop trolls.

Users will now able to export their own block lists, or import other people’s – essentially naming and shaming users who are offensive, aggressive or simply a pain in the backside.

No doubt the news will be welcomed by groups who are regularly the butt of people’s sick jokes or groups that are often the targets of Twitter trolls.

Just last month trolls used the service’s promoted tweets function to spread messages of hate and attack trans people, impersonating Australian activist and feminist Caitlin Roper to spread an offensive tweet calling on them to commit suicide.

The account has since been suspended and the tweet removed.

Screenshot of Twitter Troll on Twitter

One of the hate messages that appeared to come from Australian activist Caitlin Roper but was actually posted by trolls

It would appear this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Twitter making a concerted effort to fight abusive behaviour after a memo leaked earlier this year showed its CEO Dick Costolo telling staff that:

“We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.”

To retrieve a ‘blocked list’ or import another user’s, you need to visit the settings area on Twitter, select the advance options menu, and click import or export from the drop-down menu.

Screenshot of Twitter - Export List

The list allows you to share your list of Blocked contacts with your community (Image:Twitter)

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