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Twitter Begins Testing One-Time Warning For Sensitive Images

Twitter announced the testing of a new one-time warning system for sensitive images and videos users share online. However, since this is a test, the company clarified that it’s only available to “some of you.”

If you’re part of this test, you should start seeing a new flag icon inside the image editing page accessed via the three-dot icon on the bottom right of a picture.

Currently, users can manually add warnings for sensitive content such as nudity or violence. So whenever another Twitter user tries to open a flagged image or video, the warning reads “The tweet author flagged this tweet as showing sensitive content.”

This feature would allow tweet authors to protect their followers from sensitive content

The Twitter Safety account on the platform explained how the feature works with a GIF (via).

Since this is a test, Twitter didn’t share additional information on this particular feature. However, we’d be surprised if this didn’t see a wider rollout given Twitter’s historic problem with violent and graphic media.

A feature like this allows tweet authors to notify their followers whenever they’re sharing sensitive media. This is a better option compared to having Twitter identify and flag such content on its own.

This takes some of the limelight from the executive reshuffling going on at Twitter. The new CEO Parag Agrawal took over from longtime CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey recently. Shortly after, the company’s design and engineering heads left the company. Twitter is also instituting a “General Manager model” as part of this rejig according to The Washington Post.

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More recently, Twitter acquired the collaborations app, Quill, for an undisclosed amount. This app was seen as an alternative to Slack, though it didn’t enjoy the same popularity. The two parties didn’t specify how this acquisition will benefit Twitter. But it’s likely that the company will merge Quill’s capabilities with direct messages or DMs.

Quill issued the following statement on its site:

“Quill will be shutting down, but its spirit and ideas will continue on. You’ll be able to export your team message history until 1pm PST, Saturday, December 11th 2021, when we will be turning off our servers and deleting all data. For all active teams, we’re issuing full refunds.”

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