It appears that Twitter is promising new safety features for the safeguarding of all users. The new feature will aim to flag up user profiles that contain sensitive content. Many users have already become aware that their profiles have been flagged up and have become hidden behind a warning message. These profiles are greyed out and all content and photos are hidden from view from other users.
The warning message reads: “Caution: This profile may include potentially sensitive content. You’re seeing this warning because they Tweet potentially sensitive images or language. Do you still want to view it?”
Although this message is simply a warning, users can still view indecent content upon accepting the request. So, is there really any point in the matter?
Despite the aspects of safety and security that Twitter is aiming to crack down on, there have been many profiles which haven’t been flagged up and do contain bad language and indecent pictures. There have been claims as to whether their flagging system is doing the job correctly.
Not only are the Twitter team aiming to stamp down on indecency, but they are also hoping to gain a deeper insight into the amount of bullying which occurs on the site daily. Twitter’s VP of engineering stated: “We’re working to identify accounts as they’re engaging in abusive behaviour, even if this behaviour hasn’t been reported to us. Then we’re taking action by limiting certain account functionality for a set amount of time, such as allowing only their followers to see their Tweets.”
It appears that Twitter has always had a certain amount of protection in order to flag up inappropriate content such as nudity, abuse and violent media content, however, they have stepped it up a gear to control indecency on a higher level. The company allows media of this nature to a certain extent, however, will not stand for “pornography or excessive violence in live video, or in your profile image or header image.”
This level of protection is rather unusual on social media sites and questions arise as to how Twitter users will adjust to the new security levels. Yet, this will hopefully be the cut-off point for a large amount of abuse and indecency online.
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