Twitter is testing a feature to filter abusive direct messages


feature to filter abusive direct messages

Twitter is a new testing feature to filter abusive direct messages, especially for users whose accounts are set to accept messages from anybody but not from those who they follow.

There is only a way to do this. There’s a ‘Quality filter’ toggle in Message Settings which entirely conceals the abusive messages from those you do not follow.

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The people whom you don’t follow, their messages will be filtered to Message Requests Tab. Moreover, it uses another filter where suspected spam, as well as the messages which contain offensive content, are dumped known as Additional Messages.

You will be able to see the sender and warning text rather than seeing the preview of the message: “This message is hidden because it may contain offensive content.

Only if you open the message itself then only will able to see the message. You also have the option of whether you want to open the message or delete it unread.

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It’s common for women to receive direct or abusive messages. According to TNW, last year, Amnesty International reported that Twitter had become a home for ‘the world’s biggest dataset of online abuse targeting women.’

For many women, Twitter is a platform where violence and abuse against them flourishes, often with little accountability. As a company, Twitter is failing in its responsibility to respect women’s rights online by inadequately investigating and responding to reports of violence and abuse in a transparent manner.
The violence and abuse many women experience on Twitter has a detrimental effect on their right to express themselves equally, freely and without fear. Instead of strengthening women’s voices, the violence and abuse many women experience on the platform leads women to self-censor what they post, limit their interactions, and even drives women off Twitter completely.
At a watershed moment when women around the world are using their collective power to speak out and amplify their voices through social media platforms, Twitter’s failure to adequately respect human rights and effectively tackle violence and abuse on the platform means that instead of women using their voices ‘to impact the world’, many women are instead being pushed backwards to a culture of silence.

Back in 2017, a #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign rolled out a no. of measures designed to tackle the problem.

Also read: Twitter is testing a new Snooze feature to mute notification for a specific amount of time

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