What you need to know
- Twitter is rolling out a feature that will warn people if a thread could get intends or heated.
- The new feature is a "work in progress" and appears to be enjoying a slow rollout.
Twitter is rolling out a new feature that will make it easier for people to know what they're letting themselves in for when joining a conversation. The social network says that users will be told if a conversation "could get heated or intense" so they can make their own minds up about whether to get involved or not.
The move, announced via the Twitter Support account, is rolling out to iOS users now but appears to be doing so slowly.
Ever want to know the vibe of a conversation before you join in? We’re testing prompts on Android and iOS that give you a heads up if the convo you’re about to enter could get heated or intense.
This is a work in progress as we learn how to better support healthy conversation. pic.twitter.com/x6Nsn3HPu1Ever want to know the vibe of a conversation before you join in? We’re testing prompts on Android and iOS that give you a heads up if the convo you’re about to enter could get heated or intense.
This is a work in progress as we learn how to better support healthy conversation. pic.twitter.com/x6Nsn3HPu1— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 6, 2021October 6, 2021
This move comes after a report in June that suggested Twitter was working on new labels that would warn people about things like fake news and more. So far, it appears that Twitter is the company taking its responsibility to inform people of the risks of social media more seriously than any other. This new move is an important one, especially for people who would rather avoid the drama that can sometimes come with a Twitter rant.
These kinds of features also further set the official Twitter app out from the third-party options that many enjoy using, including me. Twitter is far from the best iPhone app for social network use, but it's the one that gets all of Twitter's features — unlike the options from third-party developers.
Of course, no Twitter app gets an edit button — maybe that'll come next!
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