Less than a day after refining the functionality of its ‘Block’ button, Twitter has reversed their changes following a global outcry and universal backlash against the changes.
Kashmir Hill of Forbes described the change, which allowed blocked users to follow, RT and reply to their blockers, as the digital equivalent of plugging your ears.
“We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe,” said Twitter in a statement.
“Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.
“Some users worry just as much about post-blocking retaliation as they do about pre-blocking abuse. Moving forward, we will continue to explore features designed to protect users from abuse and prevent retaliation.”
Mashable described the reversal as Twitter buckling under pressure.
Twitter Buckles Under Pressure, Lets You Block Users Again - http://t.co/fKVNG8M0Nk
— Mashable (@mashable) December 13, 2013
Credit to Twitter: swift reversal of block policy after protest: https://t.co/edSoN4Pkly
— Mark Colvin (@Colvinius) December 13, 2013