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Twitter reverses blocking changes after just a day

Twitter has reneged on plans to introduce changes to the way users can block each other just a day after it rolled them out across the service.

The micro-blogging service implemented changes that permitted blocked users to continue to view tweets and interact with accounts even after they had been blocked and user feedback has meant Twitter reversing the earlier decision.

“We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect,” stated Michael Sippey, VP of product at Twitter.

Twitter had made the changes in order to try and combat the high-profile instances of trolling that have taken place in the past year or so and the company is still not happy that users can tell that someone has blocked them.

“In reverting this change to the block function, users will once again be able to tell that they’ve been blocked. We believe this is not ideal, largely due to the retaliation against blocking users by blocked users [and sometimes their friends] that often occurs,” Sippey said.

The firm is continuing to “explore features designed to protect users from abuse and prevent retaliation” and it won’t be long until it tries to implement something similar as it works to attempt to limit the effect that trolling and cyber bullying has.

Twitter hit the headlines this summer when many criticised its lack of a ‘Report Abuse’ button after a number of female journalists received bomb threats and were advised by the Police not to return to their houses overnight in case the threats were genuine.

Additionally Twitter user Caroline Criado-Perez was subjected to repeated rape threats on the micro-blogging site and in the wake of this a petition calling for a ‘Report Abuse’ button attracted a total of 140,433 signatures and forced Twitter to make reporting abuse easier.