Hacker News article Hacker’s block button has gone live for the first time on the social media platform, but a user has been warned that it could be a sign of trouble.
The new feature is the latest in a series of security improvements that Twitter has made in recent months.
A user’s account has been automatically flagged for review on the site, and users can opt to have their content deleted from the platform entirely.
Hacker News readers are also asked to log into their account and manually review posts and other content to ensure they’re genuine.
A Twitter spokesperson told Hack the feature was rolled out after a “high-level review of the way we handle user complaints and abuse”.
“We’ve rolled out a new review process for our user complaints that allows for immediate action,” she said.
Twitter did not specify how many complaints were processed.”
The review process also enables us to remove flagged content from our platform as soon as we can, but only if the user has provided us with sufficient evidence that the content is unacceptable for us to review.”
Twitter did not specify how many complaints were processed.
But a user named Chris told Hack that the block button was “very similar” to the old “block” button.
It was unclear whether Chris was flagged by Twitter as an abusive user, but he said that his account had been flagged for abuse.
I was flagged for abusive tweets, and then I was blocked.
Chris told Hack he had been blocked from using the platform because he had tweeted a story that suggested a Chinese company was buying Twitter’s “trending news”.
“My tweet has been deleted from their site,” he said.
“They have removed my tweets.”
A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment on whether the company had received any complaints.
Users can also opt to delete posts from their accounts and not receive notifications when they do.
Twitter’s latest changes come as it works to counter the rise of fake news on the platform.
The company has already removed fake news from the “troll” section of its search results.
And in March, Twitter said it would be rolling out a system to block accounts suspected of spreading hoaxes.
But while the new feature may not seem like much, it is a step in the right direction, said David Seaman, founder and CEO of the news site Infogalactic.
“Twitter has been trying to push back against fake news and fake accounts for a long time,” he told Hack.
“The fact that it has finally done it, and it’s a great way to do it, is a very good sign that it’s starting to move in the direction of a more ethical news ecosystem.”
“The company has been working really hard to fight back against the fake news threat, but it is the first step in a long journey.”
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