Same with LinkedIn.
You are not wrong.
I started reporting people for spam instead of navigating the depths of twitter’s reporting system, which is especially ridiculous in Germany thanks to the Netzwerk-Durchsetzungsgesetz.
h/t to @codinghorror who made me aware that spam flags usually carry more weight, since every platform really hates spammers.
Thanks for the suggestion, I am worried about implementing it though as every single person/account I have reported for hate/abuse/racism etc. has had my complaint upheld and the ban hammer weilded. I have no idea how their system works but if there is any algorithmic weight based on trust I wouldn’t want to undo that. I don’t currently know anyone working down the road in Twitter to ask.
It’s about the only flag type people universally agree on. Off topic? debatable! Inappropriate? sez who! Something else? oh, don’t get me started.
But Spam? Yeah, everyone hates spam. It’s a universal truth.
Also, the category is broad. Reply to something with an off topic reply could be counted as spamming, including my replies in the #NeedsMoreLikes topic.
If I can’t be sure if an insult or insinuation on twitter would legally be falling under the seven or so possible paragraphs of different applicable laws, highlighting it as spam is an easy choice.
Twitter’s reporting is basically bullshit in troughs. As @robertmckenna said: burn it, with fire.
I say nuke it from orbit.
And why not both?
Nothing of value will be lost.
Also spam is less a matter of opinion. What I consider racism is robust free speech to someone else. Automated spam filters work much better than automated dishonest arsehole filters.
There are some platforms that have great “dishonest arsehole” filters. The problem is that they filter out everyone but dishonest arseholes.