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Twitter testing pre-tweet prompts that will warn users before they get into a heated conversation




Twitter has started testing two new prompts to reduce the social media fights that people get into. These prompts are aimed at users responding to tweets, that might lead to an incensed debate or a brawl. Earlier, Twitter had also tested prompts to check offensive tweets.

The prompts are the company’s latest attempt to reduce the persistent harassment and abuse on the platform. One prompt, for example, warns you before you tweet something that might be offensive. Twitter also might show a prompt if you try to retweet an article it thinks you haven’t read, which could help decrease the spread of misinformation.

Some people like it, citing how we often forget that the person on the other side of the screen is a human too with nuanced thoughts and emotions. On the flip side, some users aren’t too happy. Of course, there are the usual people who just want an edit button instead, but some users think Twitter is policing conversations too much. I understand where they are coming from, as the prompts do sound like an understanding parent trying to calm down their child.

Regardless of whether people like it or not, Twitter will probably keep the feature if it reduces overall hate and negativity on the platform. If you didn’t know, Twitter has a ‘sentiment analysis’ of every tweet which separates them into positive, neutral, and negative tweets. You can actually see this in action by using negative keywords in a reply and noticing that Twitter hides it at the bottom of the thread automatically.

Apart from that, Twitter is also planning some other “social privacy” upgrades, such as:

  • Archived tweets: The company is considering the ability of hiding posts after 30, 60, and 90 days, or hiding tweets after a full year. This product doesn’t have a launch date and is still in the concept phase;
  • Hiding tweets you’ve liked: No more people seeing what you liked. Users will soon be able to set who can see which tweets they’ve liked, although there is no timeline for testing this feature;
  • Leaving conversations: Users will be given the option to remove themselves from a public conversation on Twitter. Tests will start before the end of 2021.

What do you think about this new feature of Twitter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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