The Twitter 'Report Abuse' button arrives at last
BANG BANG BANG. What’s that noise? It’s the sweet sound of people everywhere hitting the new Twitter ‘Report Tweet’ button. It’s now live across all platforms, including iOS, desktop and Android.
The action follows a high profile campaign spearheaded by Caroline Criado-Perez, who was subjected to an avalanche of rape threats by impotent men with computers - all for suggesting Jane Austen should be on a bank note. After that, rape trolls famously gathered to target female Guardian journalists, historian Mary Beard, and basically anyone with a fanny and an opinion.
The public outcry has caused Twitter to admit it has a misogynist troll problem, and that it needed to do something about it, rather than shrugging its tweety shoulders and mumbling something about free speech.
Criado-Perez says she’s happy that Twitter has done something about it at last.
‘But there are still issues: users have to agree for the report to be potentially shared with the harasser, and there are some boxes that could be auto-populated that aren't. But overall, this is a fantastic first step.’
Who knows? Maybe one day there’ll be a report button for comments sections of blogs.
*pointedly looks downwards*