Twitter is testing a new feature that allows users to review so-called “harmful” and “offensive” responses before sending them, according to a ad by the company.
The new feature was first rolled out for iOS, and it’s coming to Android in the coming months. Tweets that contain offensive language will receive a pop-up message asking the author to review the post before sending it. The author can delete, edit or send the tweet. There is also a link to report errors on Twitter.
“Say something when you might regret?” We relaunched this experiment on iOS which asks you to review a potentially harmful or offensive response. ” Twitter noted in its tweet.
In recent months, Twitter has taken serious steps to tackle boring content and trolls. In May 2020, Twitter deployed a function to control comments. This way, account owners can determine who can comment on their tweets.
Twitter wants to be a healthy platform
Twitter is trying to reduce the amount of harmful content and become a healthier platform. In the 2020 US presidential election, Twitter actions countering what he calls “misleading information” has become controversial. He tagged Trump’s tweets first, then started deleting a New York Times article.
Twitter even prompted a feature that asked users to read an article on their sending tweets. What’s more, he even banned some members of Trump’s campaign from sending tweets. What Twitter did during the election was an attempt against misinformation, and of course not everyone was happy with it.
Twitter is not the only social platform that gives more control over content and comments. Instagram rolled out a similar feature in 2019 that could detect offensive language in comments and captions. In Instagram, account owners can limit who can comment on posts. TikTok also sends a warning message before downloading “unverified content”.
Giving more control over tweets has pros and cons
When it comes to social platforms, most users expect a limitless environment to express their thoughts. Social platforms that tend to give more control over content have advantages and disadvantages. The upside is that we’ll see less boring content and trolling in the stream.
And the downside is that some account owners want to be the only speakers and use the features provided to turn off opposing voices, which is against the nature of social media.