Twitter is testing new messages on iOS and Android that warn before jumping into a conversation that can be heated. In one example, a prompt dropped directly into an ongoing conversation that says “conversations like this can be intense.” In another, which seems like it’s trying to answer one of these intense conversations, it’s called “let’s take care of each other” and adds three sentences to encourage empathic and fact-based conversations.
You can see the prompts in the tweet below:
Do you ever want to know the mood of a conversation before you join? We test prompts on Android and iOS that give you a good overview if the convo you need to enter can get heated or intense.
This is an ongoing work as we learn how to better support a healthy conversation. pic.twitter.com/x6Nsn3HPu1
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 6, 2021
Prompts is the company’s latest attempt to reduce the persistent harassment and abuse on the platform. Another prompt warns you, for example, before you tweet something that may be offensive. Twitter can also show a prompt if you try to retweet an article that it thinks you have not read, which can help reduce the spread of misinformation. While they may help prevent some bad tweets from being shared, the growing list of possible warnings to wade through before you tweet is a worrying indicator of the whole experience.
As always, if you’re not sure if you should write something, the best pre-tweet prompt is the one that Twitter won’t show you: never tweet.