Social media platforms reserved the year of 2017 to combat the toxic content on their websites. While everybody can enjoy the freedom to approve, ignore or disapprove articles, messages, and posts, cyberbullying is different from all these. Webmasters are encouraging the freedom of speech, but they want to find viable ways to combat any intention of threatening or intimidating nature. One of these strategies comes on behalf of Twitter, and it marks some users as sensitive profiles.
As of recently, the social media network Twitter tested out a new way to create a more friendly platform. Those users who wrote certain posts or comments are being marked down as sensitive profiles. Thus, the other users are notified of the nature of the flagged person through different ways. First of all, whenever they access such a profile, they are met with a warning message.
The text indicates that they might experience some sensitive content. It is only when users decide to view the profile anyhow that the page escapes the temporary censorship. Users are liable for this new black out when they post sensitive content. The new feature works similarly to how Twitted flagged posts based on users’ settings.
Twitter’s sensitive media explains the difference between normal and sensitive content. For the moment, the company is going to close its eyes when it comes to nudity or violence. On the other hand, it will penalize users that tackle subjects like pornography. Moreover, Twitter doesn’t want on its platform live videos, header images, and profile pics with too much violence. The media mentions no word about other intolerant attitudes such as racism, profanity, bigotry or other kinds of offenses.
Another novelty about this update is that users receive the option to mark themselves as sensitive profiles. They can enable this feature through their Privacy and Settings menu. Moreover, users can signal Twitter team of such type of content that they come across as well. Afterward, Twitter members will decide whether to mark it down or remove it completely especially if it’s about an aggressive live video. If users are repeatedly posting sensitive details, the company can permanently mark the profiles down.
On the other hand, this is just a test. A spokesperson on behalf of the company confirmed this feature and explained its necessity as part of a safer social media platform. While this change doesn’t address cyberbullying directly, it can make the website a better place. The new feature resembles the ones from other platforms. For instance, YouTube is always notifying users when they open an age-restricted video.
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