Twitter tells users to be nice and think twice before replying

Twitter tells users to be nice and think twice before replying
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Daily US Times: Social media giant Twitter will now prompt users to review and revise “potentially harmful or offensive” replies.

Twitter, which has often faced criticism over abusive user behaviour, tested the feature last year.

The social media platform said the tests showed that the prompts reduced offensive replies.

On Wednesday, Twitter said it would roll the prompts out to English language accounts using Twitter on Apple and Android.

In a blog post, the company said they had found that prompts led 34% of people to revise their initial reply or to decide against sending their reply at all.

According to Twitter, users composed, on average, 11% fewer offensive replies after being prompted for the first time.

They were also less likely to receive harmful and offensive replies back.

It seems, however, that you can still swear at your friends.

The company said the prompts are designed to consider the nature of the relationship between the accounts that tweets and the account that replies.

The blog post said: “If two accounts follow and reply to each other often, there’s a higher likelihood that they have a better understanding of preferred tone of communication.”

In recent years, tech platforms have grappled with how to police offensive content, abuse and harassment on their platforms.

Twitter’s most recent statistics, for January to June 2020, show that the social media platform removed potentially offensive content posted by 1.9 million accounts, and suspended 925,700 accounts for violating Twitter rules.

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