Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works. We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.
In reverting this change to the block function, users will once again be able to tell that they’ve been blocked. We believe this is not ideal, largely due to the retaliation against blocking users by blocked users (and sometimes their friends) that often occurs. Some users worry just as much about post-blocking retaliation as they do about pre-blocking abuse. Moving forward, we will continue to explore features designed to protect users from abuse and prevent retaliation.Twitter Immediately Backtracks On Changes To Block Functionality [blog.twitter.com]
I have to agree with you. I generally don't have to block people very often, but I like to know that the feature is there. As for "block retaliation", it's sad that people even have to worry about that now. It would be great if we could use social media platforms to connect and share ideas without harassing one another.