Sep 1, 2021

Twitter tests safety mode feature to silence abuse

Twitter is launching a feature that it hopes will help crack down on abuse and trolling, both of which have become huge issues for the platform. Katy Minshall, head of Twitter UK Public Policy, said: "While we have made strides in giving people greater control over their safety experience on Twitter, there is always more to be done."We're introducing Safety Mode; a feature that allows you to automatically reduce disruptive interactions on Twitter, which in turn improves the health of the public conversation. Like other social media platforms, Twitter relies on a combination of automated and human moderation. A recent study on hate speech produced by Facts Against Hate on behalf of the Finnish government found that Twitter was "the worst of the tech giants" when it came to hate speech. Alongside dealing with abuse on the platform, Twitter has become more determined to crack down on misinformation.

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