Twitter has announced that it is testing a new feature that gives you another chance to rethink a potentially “harmful” reply. The idea is for users to rethink their replies in what is assumed to be a heated argument.
The social media company made the announcement on its own platform with a tweet. As part of the announcement, Twitter says this is a limited experiment on iOS. So you’ll likely won’t see the prompt at all until a wider rollout, if it happens.
When things get heated, you may say things you don't mean. To let you rethink a reply, we’re running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it’s published if it uses language that could be harmful.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 5, 2020
For now, the criteria for “harmful” replies is murky at best. There’s no indication as to what constitutes as harmful. But from the language used in the tweet, it sounds like these “harmful” replies will ultimately still be allowed on the platform. Then there’s the question of if the prompt will only show up for replies, or original tweets themselves.
At any rate, if you’re using Twitter on iOS and you see this prompt when replying, this is the reason behind it. As mentioned earlier, this is part of a limited experiment. For now, there’s no word on what’s the experiment period, or if the test will be rolled out to more users, and on other platforms.