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Twitter adds new option to curb abuse, harassment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Twitter has added a new option to curb abuse and harassment.

The social media platform announced on Tuesday it's expanding their mute function which allows you to mute accounts you don't want to see tweets from. It also allows you to mute keywords, phrases and conversations you don't want to get notifications about.

"I think it's wonderful that Twitter along with other social media platforms are recognizing the impact that cyber bullying is having on lives, primarily of teens," said Brian Housman Author of Tech Savvy Parenting.

Housman, who is also a parent of two, said 40% of all teens admit to being cyber bullied and the sad thing is almost one third of them become bullies.

"When you've been bullied the only way to feel better about yourself is to go find someone a little bit smaller and the cycle just continues," said Housman.

There are ways to protect yourself.

"You have to set your profile to private so that only your friends and followers can see it," said Housman. "The second thing that you can do, is use those filters like what Twitter has set up to help make you a little bit safer. "

Housman also told WREG, the long term effects of bullying can last a lifetime.

"I think social media can be a fun place for people to express themselves and connect with other people socially, but we have got to take the initiative to protect ourselves,' said Housman.