Twitter is a great example of attention being a blessing or a curse.
The social media platform announced a new feature Wednesday seemingly designed to mitigate the sometimes troubling and often all-encompassing effects of going viral. The Safety Mode setting, also known as “Safety Mode”, allows Twitter users to relax if they suddenly become the subject of unwelcome attention.
Jarrod Doherty is senior product manager for Twitter and explains in a blog post that Safety Mode temporarily blocks accounts while they use potentially harmful language, such as hateful comments or insults, or send repetitive, uninvited replies.
The feature is not yet available for everyone. Doherty says that Safety Mode will be available to only small groups of users using iOS, Android and Twitter.com starting Sept. 1.
Safety Mode will start blocking Twitter accounts automatically once the feedback group has turned it on.
Doherty continues, “Authors of tweets found to be malicious or uninvited by our technology will be automatically blocked, which means they won’t be able to temporarily follow your account or see your Tweets or send Direct Messages to you.”
Of course, there’s always the chance that the algorithm powering this feature will be too enthusiastic in its blocking, leading to false positives and claims of shadow banning. It could also affect accounts in a way that is more harmful than others.
Doherty acknowledges this, writing “We won’t always do it right and might make mistakes [.]”
Twitter will “observe Safety Mode’s performance and make adjustments to it before making it available to the public.”
It is our belief that everybody will desire it, no matter what the kinks are.
There are two types of Twitter: daily main characters who pile on to make absurder takes every day, as well regular users finding fame for simple joy. Sometimes that is what you want. Sometimes, it is not.
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Whether you’re a medical expert desperately trying to share much-needed vaccine information, or a scientist explaining the devastating effects of climate change, a well-functioning Safety Mode promises a world with less online abuse.
This sounds great.
Publiated at Wednesday, 01 Sep 2021 08:14:24 +0000