Among all the social networks, perhaps Twitter it is the one that gives space to more toxic behavior. Any anonymous account can attack another, without major consequences. And certain topics can appear on the timeline, causing discomfort or annoyance.
Adrian Hervas Perez, for the portal Psychologists Animae, explains that social networks can have a psychological impact that depends on how we use them. “The problematic use of networks is associated with less life satisfaction and a lower quality of life,” says Hervás Pérez.
Lack of privacy, online harassment and cyber-bullying, stress, fatigue and anxiety they can be important situations generated in the networks.
How to handle them? How to make Twitter less toxic in this case? The same platform prepares a group of tools to keep the timeline “clean”, away from people or news that psychologically affect users.
The most important functions of Twitter to avoid seeing toxic material
In Setting, the item is important Privacy & Security. Twitter allows you to manage what information the user wants to see and share.
The platform establishes the management of the activity in the following spaces:
Audience and labels: to know what information the user allows other people to see on Twitter.
Content you see: the person can decide what to see on Twitter, based on the topics and interests of their preference.
Mute and block: With this function, the accounts, words and notifications that the person silenced or blocked are managed. A blocked user cannot follow or send messages to another person. Related notifications are also not visible.
Whereas if the user is muted, you can follow them, but you don’t get notifications about their activity.
On muted words, notifications and tweets with those words will not be seen in the home timeline either.
Direct messages: filter who can and who cannot send messages directly.
Visibility and contact: a way to control the visibility settings, managing the contacts that the person has imported.
More protection for the user on Twitter
In Audience and labels, the person can manage what information they allow other people to see on Twitter. Thus, the options are located Protect your Tweets (the popular padlock) and photo tagging, so as not to be linked with any image.
Finally, in Notifications the type of notifications that the user wants to receive about activities, interests and recommendations is selected.
Here they are filters, where the person chooses the notifications they want to see and the ones they don’t. With quality filter the exclusion of content such as duplicate or automated tweets is chosen.
Meanwhile in Silenced notifications, it is selected if it is from users that you do not follow, who do not follow you, if the account is new, if you use the default profile picture, among other options.
Twitter Rules are key, but features help much more
Del Harvey, Twitter executive in the area of trust and security, explains that the platform “reflects real conversations happening in the world, and that sometimes includes perspectives that can be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted.”
“While we invite everyone to express themselves in our service, We prohibit targeted behavior that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others.”
Therefore, there are not only the Twitter Rules for the regulation of the community, but also the functions already shown. A less toxic Twitter is possible.