Twitter, one of the world’s leading social media platforms, will be introducing new filters to help users filter out more notifications and content that they may not want to see. We wrap up all the latest news regarding this update and how it will affect your experience.
One of the major features of the new filters on Twitter is that it will allow users to filter out notifications from accounts which have the following:
- Have no unique profile picture (still use the default egg avatar)
- Twitter accounts which haven’t verified their email address
- Accounts which haven’t confirmed their mobile phone number
How to use the new notification filters:
- Go to your notifications
- Click on the settings wheel
- Click through to advanced filters
- From there select the notifications you wish to mute
In November 2016, Twitter announced that they were rolling out an update to the mute feature. This allowed users to filter out and mute certain keywords, phrases, hashtags, usernames, emojis, and conversations you didn’t want to see from your timeline.
Alongside this update Twitter have now introduced a new feature, which allows you decide how long you wish to mute these keywords, phrases, hashtags etc. from the timeline – the four options are as follows:
- 24 hours
- 7 days
- 30 days
Twitter is also introducing new features to crackdown on abusive tweets and content. Twitter said it’s working to algorithmically identify abusive content itself – even if users don’t report it.
One of the first measures is that if Twitter identifies a profile with abusive content it will limit them so that only their followers can see their tweets.
In a statement Twitter added: “For example, this change could come into effect if an account is repeatedly Tweeting without solicitation at non-followers or engaging in patterns of abusive behaviour that is in violation of the Twitter Rules.
“Our platform supports the freedom to share any viewpoint, but if an account continues to repeatedly violate the Twitter Rules, we will consider taking further action.”
There will also be a new feature where Twitter will notify you (via your Notifications tab) when they receive your report of an abusive account.