Twitter Updates Process to Protect Personal Information

Published March 13th, 2019 - 08:14 GMT
The update was announced in a Twitter Safety channel tweet that included a GIF demonstrating the process step-by-step. (Shutterstock)
The update was announced in a Twitter Safety channel tweet that included a GIF demonstrating the process step-by-step. (Shutterstock)

Twitter is updating the process for reporting tweets that share personal information, allowing users to specify what type of content violates their privacy. 

The update was announced in a Twitter Safety channel tweet that included a GIF demonstrating the process step-by-step.

According to the German news agency, users will now have the option to specify whether a tweet reveals their contact information, home or physical address, financial information, or ID numbers.

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The CNET.com website cited the company saying the new feature will help it "move faster in reviewing reported Tweets that share personal information."

Twitter has come under fire multiple times in recent years for not doing enough to combat harassment on the platform. 

The new personal information feature enhances a set of tools Twitter introduced in 2014 to combat the vitriolic or abusive messages its members send to each other.

Twitter's update comes a day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a framework the social media giant plans to use to build a more "privacy-focused platform." 

They include encrypting people's messages, making sure their messages and posts are not stored for longer than necessary and letting people communicate across any of the apps Facebook owns.


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