Twitter is testing a lot of features nowadays. After testing out its new abuse and spam filter for Direct Messages for the past two months, Twitter is now rolling out the new feature to all users. The social network will now filter suspect, offensive, and inappropriate messages in a more efficient way starting today.
Users will see a new option in the Message Requests menu that handles Direct Messages sent by unknown people. These filtered messages will be hidden by default, and from there it’s possible to read them. The following alert will appear on the Twitter app for iOS, Android and the on the web version when there’s a filtered message available.
This will surely be useful for people who don’t like to restrict their Direct Messages to their followers only. The new feature should also be helpful in preventing women from receiving abusive DMs. A #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign in 2017 saw the social network roll out a number of new measures designed to tackle the problem.
Twitter has taken several steps to avoid such controversies. Recently, social networking has also released an option that allows Hide Replies in conversations. That feature, however, is only available in the United States and Canada for now.