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Twitter today announced that it is testing a new feature called Safety Mode, which is designed to cut down on harassment and unwelcome interactions on the social network.

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Users who often get unwanted, spammy, or abusive replies to their tweets can turn on Safety Mode, which will autoblock accounts that use harmful language like insults, or send repetitive, uninvited replies and mentions.

Twitter says that Safety Mode assesses the likelihood of a negative engagement by considering the Tweet's content and the relationship between the Tweet author and replier. People blocked by Safety Mode will be unable to follow your account, see your Tweets, or send Direct Messages.


With Safety Mode, the autoblock stays on for a minimum of seven days, and autoblocked accounts are listed in the Safety Mode interface. Accounts that a person follows will not be autoblocked.

To develop Safety Mode, Twitter consulted trusted partners with expertise in online safety, mental health, and human rights.
We want you to enjoy healthy conversations, so this test is one way we're limiting overwhelming and unwelcome interactions that can interrupt those conversations. Our goal is to better protect the individual on the receiving end of Tweets by reducing the prevalence and visibility of harmful remarks.
Twitter is testing Safety Mode with a small group of people at the current time and will expand the testing group as feedback is received. During the beta testing period, Twitter says it will incorporate improvements and adjustments before releasing the feature for all users.

Article Link: Twitter Debuts New 'Safety Mode' for Automatically Blocking Unwanted Replies
 

transpo1

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Great— so now everybody on Twitter will be grouped into their own silos and echo chambers even more than they already are. Nobody will change anybody’s opinion since you’re unlikely to hear dissenting voices and the divide between people will become even greater.

Thanks, Jack!
 
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Jason2000

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Great— so now everybody on Twitter will be grouped into their own silos and echo chambers even more than they already are. Nobody will change anybody’s opinion since you’re unlikely to hear dissenting voices and the divided between people will become even greater.

Thanks, Jack!
I agree completely. And I wonder if it will only works on people that Twitter approves such as liberals. No way Twitter will block people from making hate comments on someone that goes against Twitters political agenda. I think a better Twitter feature would be for them to go out of business. Life would be so much better without this cesspool existing.
 

sdf

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You know what would be great, Twitter? If you stopped banning the people replying to those replies.
 

Canyda

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It would be nice if Twitter would just automatically ban users who "…may use harmful language or send repetitive, uninvited replies."

Of course the best, most obvious choice is to just not use Twitter or any social media. They are doomsday devices—especially FaceBook.
Well, "uninvited replies" are in the eye of the beholder, no? If you make a public tweet, have your tweet set so anyone can reply, I see it and reply... is that uninvited?
 

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Great— so now everybody on Twitter will be grouped into their own silos and echo chambers even more than they already are. Nobody will change anybody’s opinion since you’re unlikely to hear dissenting voices and the divided between people will become even greater.

Thanks, Jack!
There is a minority group who's mind cannot be changed. They call everyone else sheep. Without realizing they are sheep. Just in a different flock.
 
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Malus120

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As someone who at times uses twitter heavily (politics adjacent academia), I have mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand I do worry that Twitter could become just like every other social network where everyone ends up siloed into their own echo chambers. One of the things about twitter than can be great is the unexpected interactions you have with people who you never would have come across offline. I've had plenty of interactions with people I don't agree with on the platform, and many have been perfectly fine.

On the other hand however, it'd be nice if people stopped pretending that they don't know WHY this feature is being debuted. It's not about "liberal bias," it's about misinformation, the torrent of completely unwarranted abuse targeted at people such as female journalists (or really just anyone who runs afoul of certain people/groups), spam designed to derail/clutter discussion, and people who think they're just "asking questions" and "engaging in a debate" when really they are just uninformed and or acting in bad faith hoping to provoke a response that lets them turn it into an ugly back and fourth that pushes people away.

At the end of the day I think the implementation will be crucial. I like that Twitter can be messy sometimes and I hope we can keep that as we need spaces for fierce but CIVIL disagreement and debate. I fear however that this is basically a "this is why we can't have nice things" type of problem. if you're replying to someone you don't know and you're being super abrasive, rude, profane or worse... you're part of the problem. Be better.
 

Madhatter32

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Twitter is not a forum for substantive discussion on issues. There is simply not enough space allowed. So, it is just a place for people to go to vent. There is very little civil back and forth discussion that takes place there. Therefore, I do not mind this added feature and perhaps it will save me from being called an idiot or dummy a few less times concerning my views about how the sun rises and sets every day.
 
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Psychicbob

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If you ask a question, or people express an opinion on something you said, on social media, it’s the same as going into the crappiest city you can find, finding the crappiest bar in that city, and finding the biggest moron in that bar, and then listening to what they say. Social Media is the worst thing to happen to humankind, ever.
 

nwcs

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Can it disable the accounts of the vigilantes who ruin a person’s life because they targeted the wrong person? Seen that in the news too many times. They dig up stuff on someone thinking it’s someone else and then harass them at every turn. When it’s revealed they made a mistake they just shrug their shoulders and don’t care.
 

Morris

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It doesn't say it'll block people who disagree with you. It says it'll block abusive/excessive replies. I guess some people can't get it through their heads that you can reply to someone you disagree with in a non-turdish manner...
Agreed. If you can’t disagree with someone without wishing them dead your opinion wasn’t worth much to begin with.

You’re actually far more likely to convince someone if you do it in civil manner. But I suppose that is why social media haven’t brought us peace or cohesion…
 
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wanha

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Great— so now everybody on Twitter will be grouped into their own silos and echo chambers even more than they already are. Nobody will change anybody’s opinion since you’re unlikely to hear dissenting voices and the divide between people will become even greater.

Thanks, Jack!
It doesn't sound like you read the description of this new feature very carefully.

The feature only blocks repetitive and abusive replies.

In other words, it doesn't block replies from anyone unless people use abusive language or keep sending multiple comments.

Personally, this sounds like a very well thought out feature.
 
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