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Twitter now filters spam and offensive messages from DMs


Twitter is rolling out its spam and abuse filter for Direct Message for iOS, Android, and web apps. Twitter has been testing this since August 16, and said it’s rolling it out today.

Multiple steps to see an offensive message: Twitter has added two degrees of separation from seeing messages like ‘Hello baby’, ‘You want massage’, or threats of sexual assault and violence. The filter adds an Additional Messages Inbox, in the ‘Message Requests’ section, where DMs from people you don’t follow go. Message Requests, in turn, are inside a section inside the DM folder. Before tapping to see the message, Twitter warns the user that the additional messages may have offensive content.

This is from a few days ago, I was glad not to realise this existed until I checked the feature for this story (I know it’s probably spam):

This could have come earlier: The feature has been a long time coming, Twitter is infamous for offensive messages and threats, third-party developers offer their own filtering tools.

Messenger already does this: Facebook Messenger has been filtering such messages since 2016. Apart from placing Message Requests, in a seperate section, Facebook also places offensive messages in a hard-to-find filtered section. This is useful for someone who wants to keep their DMs open for everyone, but (like most people) don’t want offensive messages, but …

People can still add you to DM groups: If you have open DMs, Twitter still hasn’t stopped random people who you don’t follow from adding you to DM groups. This can be frustrating, because you either have to deal with spam or browse message requests to make sure you’re socialising outside your followers. This also leaves people open to spam and promotional messages.

Hide-replies in Canada and US: Twitter is also piloting a “Hide replies’ feature in Canada and US, wherein it allows users to hide unwanted replies so they’re not visible to everyone. The tweets aren’t removed, but simply placed behind another click.

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