Twitter’s new Safety Mode autoblocks abusive accounts

Jay Peters

The Verge

Here’s what Safety Mode settings look like. | Image: Twitter

Twitter is launching a new feature called Safety Mode that will temporarily autoblock accounts sending harmful or abusive tweets to you. Safety Mode is launching in beta with a “small feedback group” of accounts on iOS, Android, and with English-language settings enabled and plans of expanding the group of testers “in the coming months.”

“When the feature is turned on in your Settings, our systems will assess the likelihood of a negative engagement by considering both the Tweet’s content and the relationship between the Tweet author and replier,” senior product manager Jarrod Doherty said in a blog post. “Our technology takes existing relationships into account, so accounts you follow or frequently interact with will not be...

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