Social Media platforms, such as Twitter, are naturally a breeding ground for spreading opinions and impulsive messages that some tweeps later regret. The examples of deleted (racist or hateful) tweets are many. Partly for this reason, Twitter launched a kind of ‘think before you tweet’ function last year. It recognizes such texts, for the time being only in English, and calls on the tweep that is about to send the tweet in question to think for a while before clicking ‘tweet’.
Only for English tweets
This week, Twitter started rolling out an improved version of the ‘think before you tweet this’ feature. Unfortunately, this does not mean that the position can also recognize Dutch malicious or hateful texts. The update will first be rolled out for iOS. Android will follow later.
The first version of the reporting system often appeared to have difficulty with the context in which, and the nuance with which, certain texts were written. As a result. This also applied to recognizing sarcasm or playful bullying. Those problems would be largely resolved with the new version of the ‘think before you tweet this’ function.
More than a third rethink tweet
According to Twitter’s own research, the feature with the above notification to reconsider the tweet is a success. Of all tweeps who were about to send a tweet with ‘malicious or harmful’ texts, 34 percent decided not to do so after seeing the message, or at least to adjust the text. In addition, Twitter found that after seeing this report, these people sent more than 10 percent less offensive tweets than before.