Twitter is relaunching a test feature that allows users to think before they tweet.
According to Twitter, if a tweet is possibly harmful or offensive, it will be marked with a message that reads: “Want to check this out before tweeting?? “Three options will appear: go ahead and tweet anyway, edit it, or delete it entirely.
Say something at the moment that you regret? 😬 We have relaunched this experiment on iOS that asks you to review a response that is potentially harmful or offensive.
Do you think you have received a message by mistake? Share your feedback with us so we can improve. pic.twitter.com/t68az8vlYN
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) February 22, 2021
Twitter previously tested this feature in May and August 2020 on Android, iOS, and desktop. However, this test relaunch will now only appear on iOS.
Initially, when Twitter announced the test run, it was able to find harmful language based on the language that had been previously reported.
Twitter has been successful with similar characteristics. For example, the social media platform tested a feature in June that encouraged users to read links in tweets before retweeting. According to Twitter, 40 percent more users opened the link attached to the tweet compared to when the message was not present.
Unlike other social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, Twitter has historically been slow to flag offensive content.