Twitter Will Promote Third-Party ‘Safety’ Tools
TechCrunch reported that users would see third-party apps promoted on Twitter using “Twitter Toolbox.”
“The Twitter Toolbox offers more solutions to improve your experience on Twitter,” the Twitter Toolbox prompt read.
The platform cited discussions with developers as the origin of the tool, which reportedly helped users block specific content from their accounts.
“[Developers] want users and we want to provide them with the right users at the right time,” Twitter’s Amir Shevat said.
Meanwhile, third-party app developers seemed excited about promoting their apps geared at online “safety” and content moderation.
Block Party founder and CEO Tracy Chou praised the decision. The app blocked “trolls and other abuse” on the platform.
“We’re very enthused about the opportunity to get in front of users who are really going to benefit from what we’re doing,” she said. “This way, we are much more directly getting in front of the people who want this kind of tooling.”
Bodyguard’s founder and CEO, Charles Cohen concurred. Bodyguard “helps protect individuals, families and businesses against online toxic content.”
“We currently estimate that 25% of users installing Bodyguard come from the Twitter Toolbox website, and we expect that figure to rise to 50% within the next few days,” he said. “We’re also excited about this new experiment that will bring Bodyguard to Twitter users who need an immediate, free, real-time, customizable and high-quality protection against toxic content directed at them on their social media.”
Twitter has toyed with expanding user safety online in the past.
The platform introduced “Safety Mode” last year and aimed to “limit unwelcome interactions on Twitter.”
One tested feature was called “downvoting” and allowed users to “downvote” posts they disagreed with. Twitter noted that while downvotes were not public, they highlighted “content people want to see.”
“Downvotes aren’t public, but they’ll help inform us of the content people want to see,” Twitter said.
At the time, Twitter told MRC Free Speech America that the “experiment” was in its learning stage and does “not impact how replies are ordered.”
“We are still in the learning stage of this experiment and are looking to gain a better understanding of how Reply Downvoting could help us better surface the most relevant content for people on Twitter in the future. At this stage in the experiment down votes are private and do not impact how replies are ordered,” Twitter said.
Twitter Toolbox launched after Elon Musk offered to buy the platform and make it private for $43 billion. Twitter used a “poison pill” method to stall the offer.
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