September 16, 2021

Twitter to help users safeguard against attacks and trolls

“Safety Mode” is being tested with small feedback groups and is not yet widely available but the company plans to release it to the public once it is ready.

Twitter to help users safeguard against attacks and trolls

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Twitter is taking a step toward moderating trolls, bots and disruptive interactions on its platform with its upcoming “Safety Mode” feature.

The company said that by turning on “Safety Mode” insetting, a user can have Twitter automatically scan for and block interactions from “harmful” accounts for seven days. Accounts that are blocked with this feature will be unable to follow a user, see a user’s tweets or send direct messages, albeit only temporarily.

Twitter’s algorithms can assess the likelihood that a Twitter account would negatively engage with a user and also takes into account the interactivity between users so that it doesn’t accidently block friendly, familiar accounts.

“Our goal is to better protect the individual on the receiving end of Tweets by reducing the prevalence and visibility of harmful remarks,” said Twitter Product Lead, Jarrod Doherty.

“Safety Mode” is being tested with small feedback groups and is not yet widely available but the company plans to release it to the public once it is ready.

Sources: Business Insider

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