Twitter has rolled out a new feature, which lets you report accounts that might be bots or someone impersonating someone or something else.
It has recently announced the update in its reporting process via the official safety account. The update is available now on both mobile and web versions of Twitter.
Now, when you go to the ‘it’s suspicious or spam’ option in the report section, you can specify the reason you are reporting the tweet for. The section now includes the option of ‘the account tweeting this is fake’.
This change in the reporting process is going to help improve the reporting process on the social media platform, as you can now specify the exact reason why you’re reporting an account.
However, it is unclear what Twitter will do after you report the Tweet or account. The service has not yet informed whether the account will get banned or suspended after being reported.
Activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Twitter’s service is not allowed. We remove this when we see it.
You can now specify what type of spam you're seeing when you report, including fake accounts. pic.twitter.com/GN9NKw2Qyn
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 31, 2018
A spokesperson from Twitter says,
The new reporting flow will allow us to collect more detailed information so we can identify and remove spam more effectively. With more details to review, we’ll be adding more resources to our review processes.
Since Twitter is attempting to crack down on bots, spam, and fake accounts, it is very likely that the company will move to more proactive bans in the future.
The company claims to have already taken down 70 million accounts in May and June of this year over violation of its policies on spam and malicious behavior.
Moreover, Twitter has also lost a million additional users due to its crackdown on bots. Although there were not real users, they were counted as one.
The company has given a message through its latest update in the reporting process that even if a step is not good for the business in the short run, it would not compromise its overall integrity over that.
Via The Verge