Twitter has announced a new feature that lets users export their block lists and share them with others as a way of crowdsourcing troll-slaying. The feature is now available to select users, and will be rolled out to all accounts during the next few weeks. The micro blogging site has also announced the removal of the 140 character limit on DM's.
To share troll lists within your settings, users can now navigate to the Blocked Accounts pane and choose to export their blocked accounts as a .CSV file, which will be stored in their computer. Users can choose to share the file with others, who can use it as a point of reference or import the list to use within their own accounts.
This is Twitter latest effort to address trolls. Last year, the Twitter team had updated the blocking feature, giving users the Blocked Accounts settings page and disallowing blocked users from even seeing the profile of those who have blocked them. Earlier this year the company banned porn, and has also made improvements to the harassment reporting feature as well.
According to the Twitter blog, “Today we’re making it possible to share block lists on twitter.com. This new, advanced feature makes blocking multiple accounts easy, fast and community driven." "While many users find [mute and block] useful, we also recognize that some users — those who experience high volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter — need more sophisticated tools. That's where this new feature comes in [...] We also hope these advanced blocking tools will prove useful to the developer community to further improve users' experience."
Twitter has also stated that it is changing the 140 character limit inDirect messages from July to 10,000 characters. The company has announced the new change, along with an updated API for developers. By providing API for developers Twitter is making sure that all apps will be ready to support the feature when it is launched in July. The 140 character limit will still be there in tweets. "You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter," writes Sachin Agarwal, Twitter's DM product manager. "Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today."