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Social network says previous policy on violent threats was "unduly narrow." Also, it will suspend accounts or force users to delete tweets if they engage in abusive behavior.
Planned new laws could put British Internet abusers behind bars for up to two years.
Twitter has reverted to its old blocking policy due to a public backlash, just a day after making the original change.
After threatening tweets toward activist Caroline Criado-Perez went unchecked for days, Twitter makes it easier to crack down on hate.
The social network makes reporting abusive tweets far easier after a UK activist was harassed and threatened with rape by angry users.
A 24-hour Twitter boycott is in action, with plenty of people taking a day off to raise awareness of online abuse.
The company modifies its rules and says it will add more staff to vet flagged tweets, after an outcry in Britain over tweeted rape and bomb threats to female journalists and a member of Parliament.
The microblogging network has outlined how it's combatting abuse, in light of a few recent cases.
Following outrage in the U.K. over tweets containing threats of rape, the company says a feature designed to make it easier to report abusive tweets when using Twitter on the iPhone will be coming to other platforms.