Twitter will begin warning users about entering “hot or intense” conversations on the platform.
A pre-tweet alert will offer a “heads up” if a conversation includes sensitive or controversial topics, while a pop-up will warn users not to break Twitter’s rules.
Pop-ups also encourage people to communicate with respect, to fact-check, and to be open to diverse perspectives.
The new system is designed to better support healthy conversations, according to Twitter.
“Do you want to know about the conversation before joining it?” As stated in a post by the official account of Twitter Support.
“We’re testing signals on Android and iOS that give you a heads up if the convo you’re about to enter may be hot or intense.”
Twitter has faced criticism for providing a platform for harassment and abuse, prompting several measures aimed at reducing the toxicity of the conversation.
Earlier this year a new “safety mode” was tested, which automatically blocks accounts for a period of seven days if they are suspected of being trolled.
“When the feature is turned on in your settings, our systems will assess the likelihood of negative engagement by considering both the content of the Tweet and the relationship between the Tweet author and Respondent,” Twitter said.
Last year, anyone attempting to respond to a tweet containing “harmful” language received a pop-up urging them to reconsider their choice of words.
A similar system was introduced by Facebook, with users receiving a “nudge” if they were to post comments containing offensive language.
Both social media firms rely on a combination of human and artificial intelligence algorithms to moderate the vast amounts of content posted online through their apps.
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