Twitter is allowing people to share lists of accounts they have blocked with other users, in a move to single out those who post abusive messages on the social network.
Xiaoyun Zhang, a user safety engineer at Twitter, revealed the new feature in a blog post, saying it should provide more control over the Twitter experience, particularly for those who have large numbers of followers and attract high volumes of unwanted interactions.
"You can now export and share your block lists with people in your community facing similar issues or import another user's list into your own account and block multiple accounts all at once instead of blocking them individually," she wrote.
Zhang hinted that developers will be able to integrate the block list feature into third-party apps that tap into Twitter.
"We also hope these advanced blocking tools will prove useful to the developer community to further improve users' experience," she said.
The blocked list feature will be available today for some Twitter users, and will be available to all in the coming weeks.
The addition of block lists builds on the blocked accounts settings page Twitter introduced in December 2014 which provides the ability to control who can view an account.
Twitter followed this up with additional policy and enforcement changes in a bid to curtail the number of abusive interactions, commonly known as ‘trolling'.
Zhang also explained that Twitter is looking at introducing more anti-abuse and account controls in the near future, but did not reveal any further details.
Twitter has taken a hardline approach to addressing abusive behaviour but in a way that does not interfere with freedom of speech.
Trolling has become a significant problem for social networks and other websites that encourage comments and interactions from visitors.
Justice secretary Chris Grayling said in October that web users who abuse and intimidate people on social sites should face up to two years in prison.
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