TwitterFacebook

Twitter’s Redesigned Block Feature Is a Stalker’s Delight - Update: Twitter Reinstates the Block Feature

A very bad idea
Internet • Views: 23,229

Twitter has made a disastrous decision about their user interface, and Leigh Honeywell has one of the best posts on what it means, and how to get around it: Changes to Twitter’s Block Behavior - and a Workaround.

Twitter posted an update today to their blocking functionality. In my opinion, it’s a real step backwards for the usability of Twitter for anyone with a large number of followers, or facing any kind of harassment.

It used to be that when you blocked someone, it would force them to “unfollow” you, in addition to hiding them from your mentions. This is no longer the case:

Note: If your account is public, blocking a user does not prevent that user from following you, interacting with your Tweets, or receiving your updates in their timeline. If your Tweets are protected, blocking the user will cause them to unfollow you.

The obvious objection to my objection is “well your stuff is public anyway, they could just make a new account” - the thing is, this reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of 1) how people use blocking and 2) how harassers operate.

I’m hoping Twitter will rethink this decision. There’s already an outcry (see #RestoreTheBlock), and it’s going to get worse as more people find out that the block feature basically doesn’t work any more.

The old way wasn’t perfect at all, and determined nutjobs could get around it, but this new way equates to just giving up and saying, “Oh well, we don’t want the stalkers mad at us, so you’ll just have to deal with it.”

Twitter spokesperson Jim Prosser says Twitter made the change because it thinks it will cut down on the vitriol, anger, and resentful Jezebel articles that result from knowing you’ve been blocked. “Now when you block a user, they cannot tell that you’ve blocked them,” tweeted Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. “It was a longstanding request from users of block.”

“We saw antagonistic behavior where people would see they were blocked and be mad,” says Prosser.

In my NSHO, this is one of the worst decisions by an Internet company in a while. Twitter has a big problem with targeted harassment, and they should be thinking about how to make it more difficult for abusers.

Instead they’ve made it easier for stalkers to do their dirty work, because they don’t want to lose them as customers.

UPDATE at 12/12/13 7:44:57 pm

Well, that didn’t take very long! Twitter has now reinstated the block feature.

UPDATE at 12/12/13 7:49:41 pm

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Cheechako
Term Limits as a Form of Campaign Finance Reform
by Forrest DunbarJuly 10, 2014 (Forrest Dunbar is a Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. He's a lifelong Alaskan, a former commercial fisherman, wildland firefighter, and congressional staffer.)In 1994, Alaskans voted overwhelmingly to impose term limits on our federal ...

44 minutes ago
Views: 29 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
CriticalDragon1177
Shocking! NC Housing Chairman Hates Black People, Thinks We’d Be Better Off If The Confederacy Won
Kyle Kulinski at Secular Talk reports on this rather disturbing story ( foul language warning ) Yeah the confederates were such "Godly gentlemen" yeah, "Godly gentlemen" who thought this was okay. Who says racism is dead? We really should redouble ...

2 hours, 1 minute ago
Views: 98 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
Skip Intro
Why Obama Must Go to the Border Immediately
The president has to go to the border. I know all the arguments against it. It's a photo-op. It won't help. He will get no credit--let alone any cooperation--from the vandals in the Congress for having done so. He ...

3 hours, 22 minutes ago
Views: 72 • Comments: 5
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Randall Gross
Applebee’s Plans ‘No Tech Tuesdays,’ Even as It Puts Tablets on Tables
As CNBC reports, the restaurant chain has applied for a trademark on "No Tech Tuesdays," which suggests that Applebee's is planning some sort of promotion for customers who want to dine without buzzing, blinking cell phones all around them. ...

5 hours, 56 minutes ago
Views: 100 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Pie-onist Overlord
Tiny Hamster Predicts World Cup Semifinalists
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 218 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 5 • Rating: 0
Mich-again
Website to search Ammonium Nitrate storage Facilities in Texas
There has been chatter in Texas recently about how residents are supposed to know if there is an Ammonium Nitrate storage facility in their town. Well it turns out the State of Texas does have a website where residents can ...

2 days, 2 hours ago
Views: 499 • Comments: 10
Tweets: 16 • Rating: 3
FemNaziBitch
The 49-Page Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling Mentioned Women Just 13 Times
The difference between the majority opinion of five of the court's men and the dissent of its three women (plus Justice Stephen Breyer) is instructive. The majority opinion is largely about the rights of corporations, employers and those with ...

3 days, 15 hours ago
Views: 360 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 4
William Barnett-Lewis
Recent Photographs
Inspired by Feline Fearless Leaeder's posting of some very nice floral photos, I decided first to post these in line in the thread and now to make a thread of them. Here's some of my recent bits. I hope you ...

6 days, 1 hour ago
Views: 317 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 7
Romantic Heretic
Gun Safety Gone Wrong
Considering how often we kick this subject around I thought this little video would be enjoyed by all.

6 days, 7 hours ago
Views: 544 • Comments: 3
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 6
EiMitch
Escapist: Flat Earth Birth Control
This is a (sometimes NSFW) webcomic on the Escapist Magazine site called Critical Miss. The focus is usually on games, but they dib-&-dab in social issues sometimes. Like today: Flat Earth Birth Control From the first panel: So, the supreme ...

6 days, 9 hours ago
Views: 451 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
 Frank says:

We could jam in Joe's garage,
we didn't have no dope or LSD,
but a coupl'o'quarts o'beer,
would fix it so the intonation,
would not offend your ear.