Twitter testing new feature that advises users to rethink ‘harmful’ tweets
I’ve heard tell that people still sometimes use Twitter for other things, but without harmful tweets and complaints about harmful tweets, what’s left? I’m only half kidding when I ask that.
I don’t use Twitter all that much anymore, but whenever I’m there I’m struck by how much less fun it is now than it was ten years ago. Even then it wasn’t perfect, but there were all these little communities of people you could get sucked into that all seemed to genuinely like or at least care enough to be decent to each other. Now? You might stumble into the odd conversation, but I find it’s just a tweet or two and done, nothing like it used to be. All of the people that used to be so open and entertaining seem to be giving up. I don’t know what exactly ruined it or when it started (the Trump era certainly did it no favours), but it’s definitely happening.
Twitter is testing a new feature that warns users before they post a tweet that may include harmful language.
The social media giant is currently testing the feature with a select number of iOS users. Twitter says that the pop-up prompt is supposed to give users the option to revise their reply before they post it.
It’s unclear what Twitter constitutes as “harmful” content, but it is likely similar to what the platform thinks is considered hate speech, abuse, and harassment, which is all outlined in its policies.