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Twitter tests hints that warn users if conversations may be ‘hot or intense’

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Twitter is testing a new feature that allows users to get glimpses of conversations before they join. The microblogging platform is testing new prompts on both Android and iOS apps, it was announced today. The new ‘Hints’ feature will warn users before engaging in conversations that could get heated. It will appear at the bottom of some tweets on the platform and so that users can take note of it before diving into replies. The social media company even cited the example to show new signs appearing right in the middle of a conversation with the message, “This kind of conversation can get intense.”

Twitter announced through its official Help to handle “We’re testing signals on Android and iOS that notify you if the convo you’re about to enter may be hot or intense,” Twitter said. The company has also provided screenshots with examples. “Conversations like this can get intense,” shows one example, while another reads “Let’s look out for each other,” with three bullet points emphasizing the importance of mutual respect and fact-based conversations, as well as With a quick link to Twitter’s rules. .

Twitter’s criteria may change to decide which conversations will display prompts after the testing phase. twitter too said that it may consider the subject of the Tweet and the relationship between the author and responder of the Tweet to display indications. However, Twitter has not shared when the new feature will be rolled out.

The company’s latest effort hints at adding more social privacy and reducing harassment on the platform. To this end, Twitter announced last month that it would roll out a security feature that would allow users to temporarily block accounts for a period of seven days for using harmful language or sending uninvited replies. Once the feature is enabled, Twitter’s systems will monitor Tweet content to assess the likelihood of negative engagement and the relationship between author and respondent. Accounts that interact frequently will not be automatically blocked.

In another initiative, Twitter is set to test new social privacy-related features to give users control over their followers list. Social privacy tools include details such as a list of a person’s followers, the tweets they like and whether their accounts are public or private.


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Nitya P Nair is a journalist with over five years of experience in digital journalism. He specializes in business and technology beats. A foodie at heart, Nitya loves to explore new places (read the cuisine) and sneak in dialogues from a Malayalam film to spice up the conversation. more

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