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Twitter Tests Prompts For Heated Discussions, And Is Further Improving Communities On The Platform

Twitter is testing out a feature through which tweets engaging in a heated debate will feature a warning prompt underneath them, so users can join in at their own risk. In other news, the platform is expanding Communities by introducing polls and the ability to create rules and guidelines.

Trigger warnings are becoming a social norm across the internet; a form of online etiquette when featuring content that may disturb or unsettle certain individuals. These trigger warnings (often written as TW, followed by the content that may cause a harmful effect), while commonly found across the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, are more of a community norm. No platform itself has chosen to embrace the feature, leaving the responsibility up to the original poster. As it stands, TWs receive enough online ridicule over how people are becoming more "sensitive" nowadays. This author's opinion is that the inclusion of a simple warning to assuage users from reviving past trauma or causing needless anxiety is, quite honestly, the bare minimum a socially responsible human being can do.

While Twitter hasn't exactly embraced trigger warnings fully (only choosing to censor certain NSFW content based on either sexual implication or violence and gore), these new prompts are the next best thing. Since the feature is only under beat testing right now, there's not much detail on how it functions. The AI behind the prompts will possibly identify key words and phrases, indicating whether or not the ensuing discussion is heated and potentially anxiety inducing. Once having made a decision, the prompt will be issued underneath the originating tweet, allowing users to further wade waters only if they wish to do so.


Twitter's Community feature is also receiving it's own batch of upgrades. Community is essentially the Twitter equivalent of Facebook groups; places where users can join and engage with each other over shared interests and hobbies. Each Community has it's own set of moderators and admins to oversee discourse, and accordingly ban people and stop content looking to harm the group as a whole. However, what would make this process even easier is a bunch of rules. Social media journalist Alessandro Paluzzi has recently posted a bunch of screenshots, depicting the newly added Rules tab. Each community can add up to ten rules, which can also be edited and deleted by mods accordingly. Rules have names, which are a minimum of three characters, followed by a short description of what they imply.

Twitter's also testing the ability to add polls to Communities. This is also a fun way to let the community engage with each other, participate in small games and tournaments, and perhaps even vote on new rules being added to the space.

Along with this Twitter will soon let moderators remove members from Community for violation of rules.

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