Technology Twitter rolls out filter for potentially offensive DMs

00:50  01 october  2019
00:50  01 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

A summary of Twitter's slew of tests this week

A summary of Twitter's slew of tests this week Though social media platforms test new tools and platform changes on a regular basis, this week, Twitter began testing an unusually large number of new features. Here is a summary of the changes that could potentially make it to the official application as permanent features in the near future. Throughout this week and last, Twitter has announced a series of new features bring tested that could make it easier for users to find and follow content that they're interested in. Below is a recap of the new features, tools, and changes that you may soon be seeing in the application permanently.

Twitter is taking its screening of unknown direct messages a step further. The social media giant Messages containing potentially suspect words will be stored away in a folder marked "additional messages." So we're testing a filter in your DM requests to keep those out of sight, out of mind

DMs that Twitter ’s new filter flags as potentially offensive will be placed in a folder named “additional messages”, with users capable of reading them separately should they wish. Unwanted messages aren’t fun. So we’re testing a filter in your DM requests to keep those out of sight, out of mind

Twitter is quickly acting on plans to filter potentially offensive direct messages. It's rolling out the filter to all users on Android, iOS and the web. As during the test, there isn't much mystery to how this works. If a message contains questionable language or is likely spam, it'll be tucked away in an "additional messages" folder. You'll only see the colorful language if you explicitly tap on a message in that folder. You won't have to put up with DM harassers if you'd rather just carry on with your day.

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The expansion comes as part of a wider effort to curb abuse that includes reply moderation. It won't stop some of the worst offenders, such as those who intend to carry out threats whether or not you read their DMs. It should, however, give you a way to leave your message inbox open to people you don't follow without giving creeps an easy way to make your life miserable.

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