The negatives of Twitter
Like the majority of things in the world, there are some cons to Twitter as well as all the Pros. In general, it is easy to remove yourself from the situation. Here are some of the problems you may encounter and what to do about them.
Trolls exist on the majority of social media platforms in one way or another. If you are unfamiliar with the terminology trolling is, in short, being rude or annoying on the internet. If you are curious to know more the Urban Dictionary
will fill you in, I’m sure. You have various options if you come across a troll on Twitter, you can choose the more arrow and say:
I don’t like this Tweet
It will vanish from your screen. Removing a specific message is the best action to take if you are usually happy with the majority of tweets someone shares but this one annoys you, maybe for political or religious reasons etc… If someone has crossed the line and it is not just you who wouldn’t like this tweet, but it is entirely offensive to pretty much everybody you can
Report a tweet
It will then vanish from your screen (and I believe everyone else’s), and Twitter will look into it and if necessary remove the individual from Twitter (we are talking enticing hate or making genuine threats etc.)
Block a user
If you have decided that you don’t want to see any future messages from a particular user (but they are not doing anything seriously wrong) you can block a user which means they can continue to tweet to everybody else but they can’t send you a message, and you will not see any of their general tweets. Finally the somewhat cheeky option.
Mute a user
If you mute someone they can continue to send all of their tweets out unaware that you are not seeing any of them. It is a bit like filtering someone’s emails straight to the spam folder. You technically get them, but Twitter tucks them away out of site. This may be useful for instance with a marketing company who you wish to support in principle, but you don’t actually want to be sold anything by them.
Are Twitter Trolls a big deal?
In all the time I have been using Twitter I believe I have removed maybe two messages and reported one tweet and I have had a total of four different Twitter accounts over many years.