Twitter has implemented an anti harassment update, being bound to transform its social media platform into a less hostile one. This was a safety measure used due to the fact that some profiles were flagged as containing sensitive language or images. This warning appears on the entire profile page of particular users, asking the user to tap or click a prompt to make sure they agree to see that profile.
The main reason seems to be that Twitter tries to hide certain users’ accounts behind such a warning as a method to adjudicate the behavior of some users or, also, as a way to scrape these type of accounts from the typical Twitter populace. A spokesperson for the company added that this is only a test, being part of their wider efforts to develop Twitter into a safer platform.
Nevertheless, just like the rest of Twitter’s anti harassment methods, this also displays a lack of transparency and a massive amount of bafflement as to how several accounts are considered to be sensitive. There are several media sites which collected users’ tweets. These users were not aware of the fact that their profiles appeared as being unsafe, displaying that warning.
Nevertheless, some Twitter users pointed it out. But Twitter is not listed as having some appeals process or review in place. What is more, it is also uncertain whether an account is regarded to be sensitive due to the reports or other users or some tech method. All this lack of information from Twitter raises the possibility that non-abusive and well-meaning Twitter accounts could be wrongfully flagged as being sensitive if they get reported by several trolls.
The same could happen if Twitter’s algorithms unfairly identify shared videos or pictures as being inappropriate or exposing the sensitive material to other Twitter users. All these mistakes may lead to a major fiasco, like the one faced by Twitter recently. The social media platform was determined to reset a feature. That update regarded the way in which users were notified about the public lists to which they were added by some other users.
This failure was spotted after several users complained that this type of feature would only fuel harassment instead of stopping it.
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