Reddit introduces user-blocking tool to fight harassment and trolls

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:09 AM

Reddit co-founder Christopher Slowe detailed the changes in an announcement on the site this morning. Slowe chatted briefly about how powerful the platform’s openness has been, but how a necessity has been growing to more effectively defend users from harassment.

Reddit introduces user-blocking tool to fight harassment and trolls

Reddit is looking to shape itself a bit more around the needs of the individual user in order to create the community more accepting as a whole. Reddit users will soon be able to obstruct and mute other users on the site so they can customize their experience, The NY Times reports.

Reddit co-founder Christopher Slowe detailed the changes in an announcement on the site this morning. Slowe chatted briefly about how powerful the platform’s openness has been, but how a necessity has been growing to more effectively defend users from harassment.

“…Sometimes this very openness can lead to less awesome stuff love spam, trolling, and worse, harassment. We work tough to deal with these when they occur publicly,” Slowe wrote. “Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just released a feature to assistance you filter them from within your own inbox: user blocking.”

This feature is just the latest effort by the site to obtain a bit more proactive in serving user needs. Reddit has been updating internal processes and policies fairly frequently since Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman returned to the company in the role of CEO this past summer.

Slowe detailed in his post that Reddit actually had a pretty rudimentary blocking system in space before today, but it was more focused on muting private messages from specific users.

The fascinating caveat of this blocking feature is that the offending user actually has to interact with you directly in order to be available to block. If someone is trolling other users endlessly in posts you follow, you beautiful much have to grin and bear it or attempt to coax that user to reply to you directly.

Blocked users aren’t notified about the muting so they’ll be less likely to create an alternative account to continue the harassment, Slowe detailed.

Reddit, to most of its users, is an “Internet democracy” in a sincere sense. What this means is that excellent content is upvoted by its users to the top of a post while bad content is downvoted into oblivion. This new blocking feature sort of throws a kink into that system and may trigger users to just obstruct an offending user rather than downvote them. This feature could perhaps then leave room for trolls to become even more visible to new users unaware of the blocking features.

Slowe maintains this is simply v1 of this feature and the admin team is still looking at a excellent deal of other options to more effectively defend users and let them protect themselves.

“Our changes to user blocking are intended to let you determine what your boundaries are,” Slowe wrote. “And to give you the option to choose what you want — or don’t want — to be exposed to.”

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