In an attempt to curtail the increasing amount of spam floating through its platform, Twitter has come up with a new feature that encourages its users to notify it about the accounts of suspected spammers.
The new feature called “Report as Spam” essentially is designed to allow the users of the leading microblogging platform to report profiles that they suspect of spamming; Twitter promises to actively investigate the reported accounts as soon as possible.
In addition, once an account has been reported as spam by a user, the spammer’s profile will not be able to follow or reply to the complainant and thus saving the user from further spamming from the said account.
However, Twitter has factored in the possibility of the feature being misused for victimising people and hence it will not take any automated action even after a profile has been labelled as spam.
Explaining the rationale behind unveiling the new feature, a company representative in a blog post mentioned "Folks can now help us conquer spam by calling our attention to a profile they find questionable, Click the 'Report as spam' button under the Actions section of a profile's sidebar and our Trust and Safety team will check it out to see what needs to be done."
There should be a "digg" like feature for that. A spammy account is likely to attract a number of complaints from different Twitter users and the account could be flagged and monitored. Still it is a small but important step for Twitter to eradicate the scourge of spam. Luckily Twitter has been wise enough to provide with a way for the accused to reply.