New Twitter Tool Makes it Slightly Easier to Report Threats to Police

Twitter's new harassment-reporting tool is making it easier for users to report threatening tweets to the police. Users who report threatening tweets now have the option of receiving an emailed report, summarizing the tweet, when it was sent and other information that may be relevant to law enforcement. It's still up to individual users, however, to bring these reports to the attention of police and other officials. It's not clear what, if any, impact this will have for police investigations. Twitter also provides a series of guidelines and recommendations to officials, which include their policies for how they handle requests for non-public information and emergency disclosure requests.