Social networks are spaces where people can express their way of thinking, their feelings and some of the best moments of their life. However, they do not always find the best environment, so the platforms are looking for a way to provide them with tools to make them feel safer. Such is the case of the controls for conversations on Twitter.
The microblogging platform has been testing new settings with a limited number of users to give people more control over the conversations they have. But it has revealed that such conversation tools are now available to everyone, so they will no longer have to face unwanted responses. “Since your Tweet is equivalent to your space, it is time to say goodbye to the so-called Reply Guys,” the company said in a statement.
In early testing, Twitter found that people have used this setup to organize interviews and panels, share their thoughts, and make announcements. “We have learned that this configuration helps some people feel more secure and could lead to more meaningful conversations,” he said. However, the social platform clarified that these controls do not prevent users from knowing different points of view, they only feel more comfortable tweeting, more protected from spam and abuse.
Twitter also stated that people who use these tools share their thoughts more and seek additional comments more frequently, when responses are limited. Even, she says, “you can still share different opinions through retweets with comments that sometimes reach a larger audience than the original tweet.”
Through this new configuration it is now possible to have more control over who responds to your tweet.
A space for everyone
Twitter is carrying out various efforts so that more people feel safe and free to use the platform and within the framework of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples it became a space to highlight the cultural value of these communities through different actions and initiatives. For example, she took a Mayan language class with Nictée Guzmán (@NicteeGM), a Mexican photographer originally from Yucatán, who teaches online classes to finance her career and highlight her pride in her language.
He also held reading sessions in native languages with Victoriano de la Cruz (@ tepoxteco3), a Mexican linguist and researcher who translated the novel “Pedro Páramo”, by Juan Rulfo, into the Nahuatl language. One more example is Luis Flores (@LuisTenek), originally from San Luis Potosí and a speaker of the Tenek language, who published a book with the stories of the grandparents of his community and spoke about it through the Twitter account of Activismo Lenguas (@ActLenguas) on August 5. Activismo Lenguas is an account that has also been given the task of bringing together a group of indigenous youth from Mexico who, through a campaign on Twitter, share their experiences to promote their indigenous languages and cultures.
Against hate speech
Promoting more voices and giving users more control over their accounts is not the only way to promote a safe environment. Twitter is also fighting hate speech as well as false or inaccurate information regarding Covid-19. In fact, starting this year the platform changed its rules to prevent the dissemination of harmful links that touch on various topics such as terrorism, violence and hate speech, in addition to those that target malware and spam. In recent weeks, Twitter has even cracked down on a group that spreads conspiracy theories, removed the account of a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan group, and has even placed fact-checking tags on some of the president’s posts. from the United States, Donald Trump
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