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Twitter tweak lets users flag multiple abusive tweets with one report

The microblogging site introduces a new feature that aims to make reporting abuse easier and less time consuming.

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Twitter is constantly trying to improve how users can report abuse on the microblogging website. On Monday, the company announced an update that will make the process less painstaking, adding the ability to attach multiple tweets to a single report.

"This update makes it easier for you to provide us with more information about the extent of abuse and reduces the time it takes to do so," engineer Hao Tang wrote in a blog post. "That added context often helps us investigate issues and get them resolved faster."

Social networks, including giants Facebook and Twitter, have been trying to beef up their antiharassment features, but they've been criticized for not doing enough. The subject was the topic of an all-day summit during the South By Southwest festival in March in Austin, Texas. Online bullying has been a hot-button topic in the face of an Web campaign called Gamergate, which brought to light issues about harassment in gaming culture.

The Twitter update is designed to make it easier for victims of cyberbullying to address larger scale attacks, where they're pummeled with hundreds of abusive tweets.

Last year, Twitter unveiled a new Safety page, six months after rolling out new harassment reporting and blocking tools in December of 2014. Tang noted that there were more changes and improvements to come. In the meantime, multiple-tweet reporting will be rolling out across iOS, Android and the Twitter website in the coming weeks.

CNET's Richard Nieva contributed to this report.