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Twitter's New 'Safety Mode' Feature

Twitter is increasing its efforts to assist users who are being harassed to protect themselves.

The social media company unveiled the beta test of a new "Safety Mode" feature, intending to prevent users from becoming overwhelmed by dangerous tweets, unwelcome replies, and mentions. In addition, the functionality will prevent accounts from connecting with persons to whom they have sent harsh language or unwanted replies or comments for a while.

When users activate Safety Mode in their settings, Twitter's computers evaluate incoming tweets for "content and the relationship between the tweet author and replier." For example, suppose Twitter's automatic system detects a user's account engaging in repeated, detrimental behavior. In that case, the account will be blocked from following, viewing, or sending direct messages to the user for seven days.
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