Strengthening online security should be a priority for popular social media sites. Twitter is now promising the rollout of “report abuse” buttons for individual tweets. After Caroline Criado-Perez was inundated with a flood of offensive and threatening posts from angry male users. The Change.org petition, asking for Twitter to add a “report abuse” button to individual tweets, has been signed by more than 66,000 people. Caroline’s case is one of thousands of cases where people get harassed on the internet.
“Abuse on Twitter is common; sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored. We need Twitter to recognize that its current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse; a feature that should be available on each user’s page,” reads the petition.
Twitter is widely used and one can only imagine how teens deal with harassment online. The standards of reporting inappropriate tweets should be increased because this can mentally affect lots of the users. Online activity is no different from walking outside of your home and people need to feel protected and not harassed.
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