Twitter re-launches a pilot that prompts people to revise harmful answers
Twitter is running a new test to ask people to pause and consider before they tweet.
According to the company’s release, when Twitter senses what seems to be a possibly negative or disruptive reaction to someone else’s tweet, it will encourage you to consider updating the text instead of tweeting it.
In May 2020 and again in August 2020, Twitter ran variants of the same trial. In those cases, the text on the pop-up screen was mostly the same, but the arrangement of the three buttons seemed distinctive and less vibrant.
Many social networks often use subtle nudges like this to affect the actions of their users. Back in 2019, Instagram introduced a tool that would highlight potentially inappropriate messages before they were uploaded, and later applied it to captions. More recently, TikTok released a banner that would ask users if they were sure they wanted to upload a video featuring “unverified content.”
It’s not sure why Twitter didn’t just carry out the pop-up to counter online abuse still a major problem on its platform and then iterate on the design and style of the message box, as required.