Twitter is working on a ‘Safety mode’ that will automatically block mean tweets

Twitter plans to introduce a way for you to automatically block and mute abusive accounts, the company announced at its Analyst Day presentation on Thursday.

Twitter said during its recent 2021 Analyst Day presentation. Twitter didn’t provide a lot of details on the feature. However, two screenshots the company shared show a new “Safety mode” option users will be able to toggle to “automatically block accounts that appear the Twitter Rules, and mute accounts that might be using insults, name-calling, strong language, or hateful remarks.” According to the slides, the feature will limit someone’s ability to tweet at you for seven days, in addition to showing their replies to fewer people. Twitter will push a notification to your phone to tell you when the tool is doing its job.

Twitter has historically struggled with abuse on its platform and has released a number of features over the years to help reduce offensive content, such as letting people hide replies and letting users control who can reply to an individual tweet. The company also has some automated tools in place to remove abusive tweets, and it said in 2019 that it removes more than 50 percent of abusive tweets before users report them.

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