If you've ever been a victim of online hate, or been "cancelled" for a period of time, you'll know how overwhelming it is to have your direct messages inundated with hate, especially when it's from people who don't know more than a few 280 character tweets about who you are. Specifically, the company announced Thursday the test of a new DM filter that could help you achieve your dream of never seeing another direct message again. Today, Twitter allows users to set their Direct Message inbox as being open to receiving messages from anyone, but this can invite a lot of unwanted messages, including abuse. It's also likely that this deepest folder contains messages with known scam or bait-centric phrases or words. The latter aren't visible until users opt to see them.
The social media giant has made some efforts this year to use technology to flag abusive tweets without the need for human intervention.
"Unwanted messages aren't fun", read the tweet announcing the test.
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Instead, this feels like another example of Twitter's slow pace when it comes to making changes to clamp down on abuse.
Up until now, Twitter has offered a quality filter that, if enabled, sorts all new message requests into their own folder, and does not display "low-quality messages" at all unless you disable the quality filter. You won't be able to see the suspect messages unless you unselect the quality filter. An initial couple of lines of suspect messages will be covered up and supplanted with the line, "This message is hidden because it may contain offensive content".
This most recent filter for sensitive substances by Twitter is somewhat of a cheerful center ground. This way, you won't miss the odd NSFW missive from an old sorority sister or the awkwardly written message from a random business contact. You can delete those messages by selecting them from the messages section.