How do Twitter block lists work?

Answered by James Kissner

Twitter block lists work by allowing users to block multiple accounts at once and share their lists of blocked accounts with others. This feature was announced by Twitter on Wednesday via their blog.

To use block lists, users can create a list of accounts they want to block, either by manually adding each account or importing a list from another source. Once the block list is created, all the accounts on that list will be blocked, preventing them from interacting with the user’s tweets or sending them direct messages.

This feature is particularly useful for users who want to block a large number of accounts at once, such as to prevent harassment or filter out unwanted content. Instead of individually blocking each account, which can be time-consuming and tedious, users can simply add them to a block list and block them all with a single action.

In addition to blocking multiple accounts, Twitter block lists also allow users to share their lists with others. This means that if a user has created a block list of accounts they find offensive or disruptive, they can share that list with their followers or the wider Twitter community. This can be done by generating a unique URL for the block list and sharing it with others.

When someone receives a shared block list, they can choose to import it into their own Twitter account. By doing so, all the accounts on the block list will be automatically blocked for that user as well. This can be a helpful way for users to protect themselves from accounts that have been identified as problematic by others.

It’s important to note that using block lists does not guarantee complete protection from unwanted interactions on Twitter. Accounts that have been blocked can still view the user’s public tweets and profile, although they won’t be able to interact directly. Additionally, users can always unblock accounts or remove them from their block lists if they choose to do so.

Twitter block lists provide users with a more efficient way to block multiple accounts at once and share lists of blocked accounts with others. This feature can help users maintain a safer and more comfortable online environment by filtering out unwanted or disruptive content.