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Twitter Retracts Changes To Blocking Policy

Twitter quickly reverts to old policy -- which completely blocks others -- after user outcry. Twitter says tweak was intended to protect users from angry ex-followers.
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SachinEE
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12/24/2013 | 2:59:59 AM
Re : Twitter Retracts Changes To Blocking Policy
Only good thing about the whole scenario of introducing and retracting the new policy is that it didnít take long Twitter to realize the mistake. As for the short lived blocking policy, it was against the very concept of blocking.If Twitter is really concerned about the harassment and abusing by blocked users, there must be some other way of preventing it as suggested by Lorna and Paul (though I have reservations about that).
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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12/24/2013 | 2:59:54 AM
Re : Twitter Retracts Changes To Blocking Policy
@ Lorna Garey, first we need to come clean on this ourselves. If we want to block someone from following us, we should have the courage to declare it. If the person we want to block is so important that we don't want to annoy him by letting him know that we have blocked him, then there is no point in blocking him at all.
PaulS681
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12/14/2013 | 6:18:40 PM
Re: Rock, meet hard place
@Lorna.. i was thinking the same. Why can't twitter do both? I can se ethe need to block someone but not want that person to know.
Thomas Claburn
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12/13/2013 | 10:25:03 PM
Re: Rock, meet hard place
I think transparency about how the service is working is better than concealing the fact that one is blocked.
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12/13/2013 | 9:23:00 PM
Blocking is a very simple concept
Why is it so very difficult for social media platforms to understand that users don't want to be trolled/flamed/stalked/harassed? LinkedIn is notorious for not having blocking of any kind and yet here is Twitter removing the blocking and then acting surprised when user backlash ensues. Most don't want to be pursued by unstable individuals. Why is this concept so very hard to grasp?
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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12/13/2013 | 1:20:23 PM
Rock, meet hard place
While at first blush that change seemed strange, Twitter's rationale does make sense. Maybe it could offer this as an option: Block and hide, or avoid letting the blockee know about the action.
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