Twitter has updated its spam reporting tools—you now have the ability to flag specific tweet as spam. As a matter of fact, you can now specify what kind of spam you are seeing, and report spam you believe may have originated from a fake Twitter account.
It has always been a part of the platform to allow to allow users to report spam, but things are going to get even better with this new update. As a user, you now have the ability to specifically flag some tweets from specific accounts.
When you tap the “Report Tweet” option and choose “Its suspicious or spam” from the first menu, Twitter will present you with a new selection of choices where you can pick what kind of spam the tweet contains.
Among other options available, you will be able to specify if the tweet contains a malicious link, from a fake account, if it is using a hashtag that is not related to the post, and if the Reply function is being used to send spam.
This additional tool does not in any way eliminate or suspend various tools and measures already put in place by Twitter to deal with spam. As a matter of fact, the tool will further tighten the noose and reduce the number of times people send or get to see tweets that contain spam on their timeline.
The new tool according to TechCrunch, is already rolling out to users on both mobile and desktop.
Last March, the microblogging company came down hard on a number of accounts notorious for stealing other people’s tweets and mass re-tweeting. The Twitter purge affected a number of accounts with huge followership—some hundreds of thousands, even millions.
Known as “tweetdecking,” violates Twitter’s policy on spam, which prohibits users from selling, purchasing or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions. Those accounts are for now suspended, and it has not yet been revealed if things will stay that way or the accounts will eventually be banned.
Only a week before that action was taken, Twitter took steps to purge its platform of the amount of cryptocurrency scams blowing like wildfire. The action became necessary at the time as names of important personality such as John McAfee, Elon Musk and the likes were being used by scammers to deceive people on the platform.
The scammers use misleading tactics like a little misspelling of a username or use avatar similar to the verified account, telling unsuspecting followers to send them a token of currency to receive a bigger amount in return.
“We’re aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing a number of signals to prevent these types of accounts from engaging with others in a deceptive manner,” Twitter said in a statement per The Verge.