Twitter’s feature for blocking accounts that send harmful or abusive tweets is coming to more people

Twitter is expanding the beta testing of its Safety Mode feature to more of its users. In a tweet, Twitter announced that it is extending Safety Mode, a feature that enables Twitter users to temporarily block accounts that send harmful or abusive tweets, to ‘several new English-speaking markets.’ The goal is, of course, for Twitter to gain more feedback and insights about its Safety Mode feature.

But which are these ‘several new English-speaking markets?’ Well, Tatiana Britt, a spokesperson from Twitter, told The Verge that Twitter will make Safety Mode available to around 50% of its users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Previously, there were only around 750 beta users in the Safety Mode beta testing program.Also, with the beta testing expansion for Safety Mode, Twitter is introducing ‘proactive Safety Mode prompts’ to the beta testers. With this feature, Twitter’s system will ‘proactively identify’ possible ‘harmful or uninvited replies’ and will prompt the user to enable Safety Mode.

As for the reason behind Twitter’s proactive approach, Britt said, “Since the initial rollout of the Safety Mode beta in September, we’ve learned that some people want help identifying unwelcome interactions. This update further reduces the burden on people dealing with unwelcome interactions.

In September 2021, Twitter announced the beginning of Safety Mode’s beta testing program. The goal of Safety Mode is to reduce disruptive interactions on the platform. Users can activate Safety Mode to block accounts that use potentially harmful language or send repetitive and unwanted replies or mentions for seven days.

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