Twitter has begun rolling out abuse-reporting functionality to those using the site via desktop or Android operating systems after outrage from politicians and the general public about the actions of trolls on the site.
This new addition comes with the latest update to the Twitter app in Google's Play Store, but will not be available to all users.
"You can now report individual Tweets for abuse or spam directly from Twitter for Android and Twitter.com. This feature will be rolling out gradually; it's already available on Twitter for iPhone," he wrote.
Users can also report tweets on the mobile browser version of the site. However, Twitter's power user desktop app TweetDeck does not yet feature abuse reporting functionality, only allowing users to report tweets as spam.
The much-requested addition to Twitter's mobile and desktop services was added following user uproar at the barrage of violent and sexually abusive tweets sent to a number of high-profile figures including Caroline Criado-Perez, who became inundated with messages following her successful campaign to have Jane Austen featured on the £10 note.
No I'm not Mother Theresa; I never claimed to be. But no-one deserves 12 hours of rape threats. No-one. So disgusted right now.— CarolineCriado-Perez (@CCriadoPerez) July 27, 2013
A petition to have Twitter add abuse-reporting buttons to tweets received over 139,850 signatures. The public outcry led the micro-blogging service's UK general manager Tony Wang to call the abuse received by many users "simply not acceptable".
The update also includes a new layout for Twitter conversations, with tweets in discussions now laid out in chronological order and linked with a blue line to make them easier to follow. Twitter also halved the size of its Android app for low-end Android phones in a bid to increase uptake from users with lower budgets.
Twitter's abuse-reporting options:
Android – not yet available for all users
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