In order to transform Twitter into a much safer platform for its users, the social media company is now testing out a limited experiment with iOS users that will warn them before they send across a hated response to a tweet.
As per a message from the official Twitter Support channel, “When things get heated, you may say things you don’t mean. To let you rethink a reply, we’re running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it’s published if it uses language that could be harmful.”
When things get heated, you may say things you don't mean. To let you rethink a reply, we’re running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it’s published if it uses language that could be harmful.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 5, 2020
In what seems to be a Facebook-inspired experiment, Twitter focusses on motivating Twitterati to stay away from indulging in any response that involves usage of offensive language as it will only result in further escalation of tension. However, Twitter remains tight-lipped on when it will be officially rolling out this feature on its social media handle.
According to Twitter’s Hateful conduct policy, A user “may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.”
Twitter’s Hateful conduct policy further states that its user may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. You also may not use your username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behaviour, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category.’
In another blog post on its official website, Twitter mentioned that its mission is to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, and to express their opinions and beliefs without barriers. Stressing that free expression is a human right, Twitter further added that it believes everyone has a voice and the right to use it.
“We recognise that if people experience abuse on Twitter, it can jeopardize their ability to express themselves. Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online. This includes; women, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities,” added Twitter.
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