SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Monday stated it’s rolling out a filter that can conceal away undesirable direct messages, offering a new tool to stymie the huge amount of abuse and spam people get.
Twitter users who receive direct messages from folks they don’t follow on the platform will have the ability to have such missives automatically routed to a different folder.
“Undesirable messages aren’t fun,” Twitter tweeted in August when it started testing the filter that allows users to keep them “out of sight, out of mind.”
The filter is meant to also catch messages with offensive or spam content, tagging them accordingly so users can determine whether or not they need to open them.
“We tested, and turns out filters assist you reduce the noise to find gems,” Twitter mentioned Monday in a new tweet.
“Who knew. So we’re rolling out this filter to everybody on Android, iOS, and web.”
Twitter has been under a lot of pressure to battle vitriol and abuse on the platform known for letting anybody express themselves to the world in real-time.
The San Francisco-based firm earlier this year launched the possibility to hide replies to tweets in some countries, a choice that promised to help foster extra reasonable online conversations.
“We all know that distracting, irrelevant, and offensive replies can derail the discussions that folks want to have,” Twitter senior product supervisor Michelle Yasmeen Haq and product designer Brittany Forks stated when tweet reply-filter testing was introduced.
“We believe individuals ought to have some control over the conversations they start.”
Finally! They listened!