Twitter is launching a new feature that is called Safety Mode, which is going to temporarily autoblock accounts that send harmful and abusive tweets to you.
Twitter’s Safety Mode launched in a beta form with a number of feedback group.
The feature is currently available on some accounts that are using iOS, Android and Twitter.com via the browser.
Senior product manager Jarrod Doherty said in a blog post:
When the feature is turned on in your Settings, our systems will assess the likelihood of a negative engagement by considering both the Tweet’s content and the relationship between the Tweet author and replier. Our technology takes existing relationships into account, so accounts you follow or frequently interact with will not be autoblocked.
Now testing: Safety Mode to help reduce disruptive interactions on Twitter.
Automatically block accounts that add unwelcome replies, Quote Tweets, and mentions to your convos. If you're in the test, you can turn on Safety Mode in your "Privacy and safety" settings. https://t.co/n6zlO6fhK3
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 1, 2021
Accounts that send hateful things to someone are temporarily blocked for 7 days.
Twitter said in the blog that you can undo autoblocks that were made in a error.
Twitter first showed the Safety Mode in February this year during an Analyst Day Presentation.
During that time, they did not know when it would be rolled out. But thanks to the confirmation this week, it has been officially announced that the feature is in beta form.
This is the latest feature of Twitter in its attempts to reduce abuse on the platform.
Recently, the platform rolled out features such as hiding replies, letting people limit who can reply to their posts, and showing a warning before you tweet a potentially harmful reply.
The thing is, harassment is a major platform on Twitter.
One of the most influential harassment this year was racist slurs sent out to Black players on the football team of England after they lost in the Euro 2020 championship.
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