Twitter is rolling out “safe mode” for a small group. Know what the functionality is for

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Twitter and other social media platforms are often criticized for not doing enough to tackle harassment and hate speech, especially against women and minorities.

Hindustan times

September 02, 2021, 11:35 AM

Last modification: September 02, 2021, 11:37 AM

The company said the fleets will be rolled out to all users on iOS and Android in the coming days. Photo: Reuters

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The company said the fleets will be rolled out to all users on iOS and Android in the coming days. Photo: Reuters

Twitter is rolling out the “Safe Mode” feature that aims to reduce disruptive interactions by temporarily blocking accounts for seven days for using malicious language or sending unsolicited responses. On Wednesday, the social media company said its system would assess the “likelihood of negative engagement” by analyzing the content of the tweet and the relationship between the originator of the tweet and those who respond to it.

“Our technology takes into account existing relationships, so accounts you follow or interact with frequently will not be automatically blocked,” a Twitter official wrote in a blog post.

Automatically blocked accounts won’t be able to track the tweeter’s account, view their tweets, or send them direct messages for seven days. Twitter said it is rolling out the feature to a small group on iOS, Android and the Twitter.com website, starting today with accounts that have English language settings enabled.

Twitter said it is rolling out the feature to a small group on iOS, Android, and the Twitter.com website, starting today.



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