Twitter Gets Taste of Its Power With Blocking-Change Uproar - SFGate
Critics took to Twitter almost immediately, arguing that the company had made things worse. And just as Twitter has been used in revolutions against governments, critics tweeted dissent marked with phrases like “#restoretheblock” aimed at the company.
That petition was started within an hour of Twitter’s announcement on change.org by feminist Zerlina Maxwell, who soon had hundreds of signers:
“This is a huge and very serious problem for people, like me, who have received repeated rape and death threats on Twitter on a fairly consistent basis,” she wrote. “Twitter is no longer a safe space. As a public person who uses the medium for my work, I am very concerned because stalkers and abusers will now be able to keep tabs on their victims, and while there was no way to prevent it 100 percent before, Twitter should not be in the business of making it easier to stalk someone.”