Twitter’s vice president of design and research tweeted an upgrade list the social media platform would explore. The tweet included potential features that can prevent incoming harassment.
Dantley Davis’s list consisted of five features that can change how people access tweets that could potentially harm its users:
A “remove me from this conversation” option would enable users to detach themselves in replies if they are @mentioned. This would help users extricate themselves from spam taggers.
Davis also considers the option to prohibit other users from retweeting replies that could cause conflicts out of context. This option could incline users to reply to the tweet instead of quoting them, which can aggravate and not solve disputes.
Twitter is also exploring the possibility of not allowing users to @mention others without permission. Reports claim this could help those dealing with bullying, abuse, and potential hackers.
If the social network would allow users to remove certain @mentions, users can save them from future notifications. Fans argue that users would sometimes want to maintain a tweet thread without the mention.
Tweets could also only involve an audience that users can nitpick. The option could enable more enclosed discussions that will not flood your less interested followers.
Davis followed up the initial list with a “thread” redesign, removing the need to label them as such.
Furthermore, VP Davis said giving users more control will help create a healthier environment on Twitter and reduce abuse.
Critics claim politicians can use the same tools to prevent callouts on their policies.
Twitter CEO Mocks New FACEBOOK Logo
Twitter and Facebook’s sibling-like love-hate relationship resurfaced when the latter changed its logo and received mockery. This included a tweet from the microblogging CEO Jack Dorsey.
The largest social media network revealed a new logo on Monday with a color palette similar to its subsidiary, Instagram. Naturally, Dorsey reacted with a tweet that poked fun at the possibly unproductive change.
Facebook, now mockingly called FACEBOOK, will impose the new logo as a stamp for its sister properties Instagram and WhatsApp.
Thousands of tweeters already made fun of the change when Dorsey joined in with his own. His post contained the words: “Twitter, from TWITTER.”
Both companies are under pressure for their drastic decisions on political advertising. While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company allows politicians to lie in ads, Twitter banned political ads altogether.
Twitter on Political Ads
Twitter announced its political advertising ban last week. While the announcement prompted worldwide praise, especially during Facebook’s decline, critics claim their new policy could backfire.
Run for Something founder Amanda Litman said the microblogging site “is not a great source for list-building and persuasion.” She claims the site could be a way to build a narrative, but not to further campaign infrastructure.
The ban comes with complications, nonetheless. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the move could negatively impact upstart campaigns and favor politicians who already have big followings.
The site’s former head of political and advocacy sales Jenna Golden said the ban could affect issue-based ads, as well. Golden said it could touch nonprofits, trade associations, and advocacy groups, and that there was “middle ground.”
Critics say campaigns will find workarounds that lead to a backlash, with “bias” as a keyword from conservatives.
Dorsey plans to present the ban’s guidelines by November 15. Until then, the company will figure out specifics like their options for organizations like Planned Parenthood and the NRA.