Twitter has lined up an array of new ideas and features to be released in the coming days that primarily concentrate on making the platform a safer place. With many popular social media platforms under constant scrutiny for fake news, unwelcomed interactions, and abusive languages, maximum safety has become an essential box to be ticked for all social media entities.
Fortunately, Twitter is already ahead of the curve. They have already made vital improvements to their platform to keep them better regulated. However, there is still room for improvement. One such major improvement comes in the form of ‘Safety Mode’.
In addition to ‘Safety Mode’, there are a few more key features that can keep your Twitter experience clean and safe from unsolicited tweets and messages. This blog is intended to keep you informed about ‘Safety Mode’ and other additional key features.
Before you get to know in detail about ‘Safety Mode’, check how to keep your Twitter account secure.
How Exactly Does a Safety Mode Work?
If any account tweets or replies with an abusive tweet or uses harmful language against another, Twitter will automatically block the Twitter account for seven days. An auto-blocked account will not be able to see your tweets, follow you, or DM you in the blocked period.
For Twitter to check for negative engagements with your Twitter account, you will need to enable the ‘Safety Mode’ for your account. You can activate ‘Safety Mode’ in the ‘Privacy and Safety’ settings.
‘Safety Mode’ does not simply decide a negative engagement just by what is mentioned in the tweet. It will also assess the relationship between the accounts in discussion. If both the accounts interact frequently and have a good relationship, the tweet will not be considered a negative engagement.
The flagged tweets and blocked accounts will be available for you to see in the ‘Safety Mode’. So, if Twitter blocked an account wrongly you can choose to unblock them.
Twitter has mentioned in their statement that they are constantly having a feedback group to evaluate ‘Safety Mode’ and efforts will be made to particularly reduce abuse against women.
‘Article 19’, a human rights organization working closely with Twitter on ‘Safety Mode’ stated,
“As members of the Trust & Safety Council, we provided feedback on Safety Mode to ensure it entails mitigations that protect counter-speech while also addressing online harassment towards women and journalists. Safety Mode is another step in the right direction towards making Twitter a safe place to participate in the public conversation without fear of abuse.”
Who Can Use ‘Safety Mode’ Now?
Twitter first mentioned building ‘Safety Mode’ in February. This September, they have rolled out the pilot version. The pilot version is available for only a small feedback group with English enabled in their Language settings.
We can expect Twitter to roll out the feature for everyone in the coming weeks.
A few more key features…
There are a few more handy features similar to ‘Safety Mode’ to keep your account safer from unwanted engagements,
Choose who you wish to interact with your tweet. Choose between the options ‘Everyone’, ‘Only people you follow’, or ‘Only people you mention’ before tweeting. This way, you can restrict uninvited replies on selected tweets.
Please note that irrespective of what you choose, everyone will be able to see your tweet if yours is a public account.
‘Show less often’
When you mark a tweet as ‘Show less often’, Twitter analyses the kind of content you dislike. So based on your preferences, Twitter will automatically hide tweets you will not like. Next time you see tweets on topics you do not like, instead of just ignoring them, click on ‘show less often’.
Do you know you can personalize how people can search and find you on Twitter? If you are not aware, it is best recommended for you to check your ‘Discoverability’ settings. You can find ‘Discoverability’ settings under ‘Privacy and Safety’.
Under Discoverability, you can choose whether people with your email id or phone number can find you. If you enable this option, people with your mail id or phone number will see you in the follow suggestions.
Enabling finding through phone number or email will not expose your email id or phone number. Twitter never shows your email id and phone number to other users.
We hope now you are better informed about the ‘Safety Mode’ and other key features to keep your Twitter experience secure. Keep a tab on our Twitter educational blogs to know about all fresh information about Twitter. Try our Twitter growth tool to increase your Twitter followers.