Twitter is planning to introduce a way for users to automatically mute and block abusive accounts,the company announced during its Analyst Day presentation. Twitter is working on new ‘Safety Mode’ feature: All you need to know now
The tech giant is planning on introducing a “safety mode” feature, with the auto block and mute featuring as an option under it. If you click on it, the description says that Twitter “Automatically block accounts that appear to break the Twitter Rules, and mute accounts that might be using insults, name-calling, strong language, or hateful remarks.”
Twitter didn’t provide much information about the still-in-development feature. However, it did show two screenshots of the feature. According to the screenshots revealed by Twitter, users will receive a notification when their tweets are getting “negative attention” from other users.
The Safety Mode will contain an ‘Auto block and mute’ function which users will have the option of turning on or off. This function will “automatically block accounts that appear to break the Twitter Rules, and mute accounts that might be using insults, name-calling, strong language, or hateful remarks”.
The feature will detect accounts that might be acting abusive or spammy towards the user. It can limit the ability of such accounts to engage with the user for seven days. It will also show, the replies of such accounts to a fewer number of people. Twitter will send notifications to the user’s phone informing them when the tool is doing its job, according to Yahoo News. Twitter did not share a timeline for when it plans to launch the ‘Safety Mode’.
Twitter has some other features which are aimed at addressing and reducing abuse and misuse of the social media platform. Currently, it allows its users to hide the replies of other users. Users can also control who is allowed to reply to their tweets.
Over the years, the social media platform has introduced a number of measures with the aim of reducing abusive content. These include allowing people to hide replies and limit the number of users who can reply to particular tweets.
Twitter also says its automated tools take down 50 percent of abusive content even before users report.