Twitter users will now be able to report individual tweets for abuse or spam in an attempt to clamp down on online harassment.
The microblogging service has extend the functionality for Android and users of twitter.com ahead of schedule, announcing the update on the Twitter blog, and the move was heralded by recent victims of online attacks including Caroline Criado Perez who was subject to rape and bomb threats.This follows a move to crack down on abusive behaviour – earlier this month Twitter also updated its rules and said extra moderation staff had been put in place to handle abuse reports. The ability to report individual tweets has already been made available for iPhone users.
Guardian readers have also been making other suggestions for potential solutions to online trolling and threats of violence on the social network including increased moderation, higher barriers for entry and a paid-for filtering service.
Will you be using the new in-tweet "report abuse" button? Do you think it will work? If not what other measures would you like to see Twitter bring in or have you seen used on other social sites which you think could help curb online abuse? Tell us in a comment below and also leave your thoughts on potential technical solutions to help highlight and stamp out online abuse.
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