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Twitter launches “safety mode”. What role will the new network function play

The social network Twitter will launch a “safety mode” to reduce “disruptive interactions” and make conversations “healthier”, the American company announced on Wednesday, which is under increasing pressure to protect users against hatred in the environment online, reports AFP.

Specifically, the so-called “safety mode” is a feature that temporarily blocks, for seven days, accounts that use “potentially harmful language” such as insults, hate speech, or even “repetitive statements.” unsolicited ”.

“Authors of Twitter posts deemed harmful or unsolicited by our technology will be automatically blocked, which means they will no longer be able to temporarily track your account, view your posts, or send you direct messages,” Twitter said in a statement.

Twitter said it had consulted with online security, mental health and human rights experts in the process of creating the tool and made changes accordingly.

The new feature has also been tested in advance by a small number of users, with priority given to women journalists or members of other groups who are often the target of abuse.

Many users have long complained that gaps in Twitter policy allow violent and discriminatory comments to remain online in many cases.

Like other social media giants, Twitter allows users to report posts they deem hate-motivated, including racist, homophobic, and sexist messages. But many users have long complained that gaps in Twitter policy allow violent and discriminatory comments to remain online in many cases.

The platform is being sued in France by six anti-discrimination groups accusing the company of “persistent” failures in blocking hate speech. The French judiciary ordered in July that Twitter communicate, within two months, documents detailing its means of combating online hate.

The announcement made by Twitter comes a few weeks after its Instagram competitor (a subsidiary of Facebook) presented new tools to fight against abusive and racist content, especially following a series of hateful comments against some England footballers of color during EURO 2020.

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