Twitter Is Experimenting A Filter To Combat Cyberbully

The Social networking platform has been up to a  lot of overhauling lately, and just this morning, the company announced that it is currently testing a filter for potentially offensive messages

This is not the first time the social media platform is trying hard to prevent the circulation of offensive messages on the platform, however, the company seems to have a better strategy this time around. According to a reliable source, Twitter is taking its screening of unknown DMs a step further with the latest development- a filter for messages that contain offensive content.

With the Filter, messages that contain offensive content will be stored in a separate folder tagged “additional messages.”. Here, users can optionally choose to go check the messages at will. Of course, with this feature in place, reading an offensive message will be a thing of choice, and unlike in previous times, such messages will not be seen as a shocker, as users will be expectant of the worse case.

While this is another attempt by the company to use technology to help battle abusive tweets, it is done in such a way that it won’t require human intervention as in most cases. Before now, the company has rolled out a feature that allows users to ‘hide replies’ which also made it easier for people to report abusive tweets.

Hiding replies was quite easy, however, trolls still can bypass that means, by further finding their ways to your DMs, and that is the need for the latest filter feature. Now, rather than opening messages from both known and unknown people only to meet offensive messages, you will now have the option to check who had to send offensive messages to you in the “additional messages.” folder.

In addition, if your account is set up to accept direct messages from anyone, Twitter will file messages from users you don’t follow in a folder called “message requests.” It also has a “quality filter” that will weed out what it defines as “lower-quality” messages from your message requests folder entirely. You won’t be able to see the suspect messages unless you unselect the quality filter.

With the “quality filter” put on, the first few lines of suspect messages will be hidden and replaced with the line that reads, “This message is hidden because it may contain offensive content.”, then, you can then choose to either view or delete them. This way, you won’t miss the odd NSFW missive from an old sorority sister or the awkwardly written message from a random business contact.


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