Reporting abuse on Twitter has now been simplified on all platforms, including desktop Web, mobile Web, and iOS and Android apps. The move comes after female journalists and a member of Parliament were harassed and threatened with rape on the social network with no easy way to report the abuse.
Before the change, Twitter users had to search the site to figure out how to report abuse. Now, there's a simple button located directly on people's accounts that takes them to Twitter's help center to file an abuse report. The social network also pledged to add more staff to vet flagged tweets.
The impetus for the new feature started when UK activist Caroline Criado-Perez successfully lobbied to have novelist Jane Austen featured on a UK banknote. For the next 48 hours she was repeatedly threatened with rape on Twitter.
Shortly after, one of Criado-Perez's followers launched a Change.org petition asking Twitter to make its abuse reporting procedures easier. According to Change.org, the petition tallied 139,000 signatures.
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"We actually started introducing the reporting function many weeks before that petition," a Twitter spokesperson told CNET, "starting with iOS apps and the mobile web, and now with Android and the desktop web."