Twitter’s New ‘Safety Mode’ How to Block Auto Trolls

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Photo: A9 Studio (Shutterstock) – Twitter is taking measures to prevent harassment proactively; (plus other ways to block those trolls). It is now cliché to highlight the pervasive harassment on Twitter; we all know that this has become a fertile ground for cyber abuse. Fortunately, with a new “Safety Mode” function, the firm finally seems to respond to its users’ pleas to better anti-hazardous features.

The Safety Mode algorithm, which is enabled, looks for accounts which send nasty tweets and proactively puts them to the user block list – only when you did not previously follow or interact with them.

Safety mode is still in the test phase, which is just now being implemented by a selected group. In your Twitter profile settings, you can search for and enable the option:

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  1. Go to Settings & Privacy > Privacy and Safety after opening Twitter.
  2. If it’s available, press the “Safety Mode” button.
  3. To activate Safety Mode, slide the slider to the right.
  4. On this screen, you can also pick “Autoblocked Accounts” to view and control the list of users that the algorithm has blocked for you.

Twitter adds that Safety Mode’s initial feedback group will “prioritize individuals from marginalized populations and women journalists,” but it will eventually be a way forward for everyone in the future settings menu.

On Twitter’s part, it is a clever move. Study after study demonstrates that women and marginalised groups are unconsciously receiving the greatest abuse on Twitter, particularly those in prominent capacities, such as journalists, political figures, content providers and celebrities.

Other methods of blocking Twitter trolls

Safety mode appears to be a stride in the right way, but we won’t know if Twitter will be safer until it is widely available. One cannot help but assume that the odds are against this; trolling almost feels like an endemic feature of Twitter, and the corporation is hard to trust in response to this harassment in the first place, following its painfully inconsistent history.

Fortunately, there are alternative ways to block trolls on Twitter for people who do not have access to Safety Mode—or feel that this function does not meet its name—there are

  • The easiest way to do that is to manually modify or block your account. You may mute or block the tweet, your DMs, or your Twitter profile straight from someone else. Muted accounts will not be displayed on your time line, but blocking accounts will also prohibit you from viewing, following or messaging your tweets.
  • You can change who can answer your tweets.
  • Under Settings and Privacy > Privacy and Safety > Mute and Block > Muted Words, you can also mute words from your timeline and notifications.
  • Another approach is to import crowd-sourced blocklists into Settings and Privacy > Privacy and Safety > Safety > Blocked Accounts.
  • You can utilize third-party services like Megablock, which automatically blocks anyone who follows an account or likes a Tweet you designate.
  • If everything else fails, set your Twitter account to “Protected,” which makes your Tweets and profile private and requires new followers to request approval. This setting may be found under Settings and Privacy > Your Account > Account Information > Protected Tweets.

These additional settings and services may make Twitter safer.

Any troll or silent potentially dangerous word cannot be blocked manually. If the admin adds or removes the account from the list, block lists might change abruptly, and if you use an app such as megablock, it’s always likely that you block someone you didn’t want. And it is not possible for everybody, especially for networking on Twitter, public access or even their income, to turn their private profiles.

Hopefully, additional functionality such as Safety Mode and the rumored auto-archiving tweet and removal tools will address the gaps and give users more proactive solutions.