It isn’t uncommon for public conversations on social media platforms to become heated, intense and toxic. To help reduce the chances of having a negative interaction, Twitter is testing a new prompt that will warn users of the possibility of the conversation to become heated or intense.
Due to the nature of social media platforms, it is easy for conversations to get intense and heated, where the participants may misunderstand the ‘vibe’ and type things that they don’t really mean to say. The issue is especially common for controversial topics.
In an attempt to encourage healthier conversations, Twitter is testing a feature that will warn users before joining a conversation that is about to get ‘heated or intense’ Under the tweet, there will be a ‘Heads Up’ tag that will inform users about the conversation they are entering into. Along with this, there will also be a prompt that says:
- Remember the human: Communicating with respect makes Twitter better.
- Facts matter: Checking the facts help everyone.
- Diverse perspectives have value: Discovering new perspectives can strengthen your own.
It is unclear how Twitter would detect these types of talks, and the company has emphasized that encouraging healthy dialogues on the network is a work in progress. It is also unknown at this time which accounts are being tested for this functionality and when it will be made available to the general public.