Twitter has launched a new Safety Mode—a feature that autoblocks abusive tweets. The new feature, which is still in beta, will temporarily autoblock accounts sending harmful tweets to you.
Twitter’s Safety Mode will be available to a handful of users on iOS, Android, and on the web. The feature is currently only available in English language settings, but efforts are being made to expand it to other group of beta testers in the coming months.
In a blog post where the feature was announced by the social media behemoth, Twitter’s senior product manager Jarrod Doherty said:
“When the feature is turned on in your Settings, our systems will assess the likelihood of a negative engagement by considering both the Tweet’s content and the relationship between the Tweet author and replier.”
Apparently, Safety Mode has been designed to identify those accounts you regularly interact with, and will not autoblock such. “Our technology takes existing relationships into account, so accounts you follow or frequently interact with will not be autoblocked.”
On Twitter, users are daily subjected to all manners of abuses, forcing the hand of Twitter to either permanently ban or temporarily suspend offending users. Twitter continues to work to add more tools to make its platform safe for all.
In April, the Premier League popularly known as the EPL, announced that football in England will unanimously boycott social media from Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May 2021. This was to draw attention of the world to persistent online “discriminatory abuse,” which has attained an alarming dimension in the last few weeks.
The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out, Women in Football and the FSA will all suspend all social media activities from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April to 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.
The boycott was the first time concerned parties were coming together to address an issue that has attained an alarming dimension. While the social media companies have been doing their best to curb the worrying trend, more still needs to be done to protect players and officials online.
“While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.”