Saturday 10 December 2016

Reddit expands block feature to counter harassment

Mark O'Beirne

Published 07/04/2016 | 09:44

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Reddit has expanded its 'block user' feature, which now extends to blocking comments, replies, messages, and even posts from select users.

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Reddit has expanded its ‘block user’ feature, which it hopes will help protect its users from harassment.

Up to now, the feature simply blocked private messages from select users. Now, you won’t see their replies or comments on the site either.

Reddit notifies users when someone replies to them. Now, when viewing a reply, you are given the option to block a user, so you’ll never see posts, messages, replies, or comments from that user again. It sounds like a useful tool to rid your feed of trolls and troublesome users alike.

Interestingly, users won’t know that they’re blocked and can still reply to messages even if they’re blocked. So maybe they’ll tire themselves out by shouting into a void.

“Our changes to user blocking are intended to let you decide what your boundaries are, and to give you the option to choose what you want—or don’t want—to be exposed to. [And, of course, you can and should still always report harassment to our community team!],” Reddit explained in an announcement post.

It adds that more features designed to improve the experience of using Reddit are to come.

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