Ever sent a tweet in the heat of the moment and lived to regret it? Well, Twitter shares its findin

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A new article on Social Media Today reports that Twitter has conducted new research into the effectiveness of its warning prompts on potentially offensive tweet replies, which it first rolled out in 2020, then re-launched last year, as a means to add a level of friction, and consideration, into the tweet process.

In February, Twitter reported that in 30% of cases where users were shown these prompts, they did in fact end up changing or deleting their replies, in order to avoid possible misinterpretation or offense. Now, Twitter's taken a deeper dive into the process to determine the true value of the alerts.

"While it was clear that prompts cause people to reconsider their replies, we wanted to know more about what else happens after an individual sees a prompt. To understand this, we conducted a follow-up analysis to look at how prompts influence positive outcomes on Twitter over time. Today, we are publishing a peer-reviewed study of over 200,000 prompts conducted in late 2021. We found that prompts influence positive short and long-term effects on Twitter. We also found that people who are exposed to a prompt are less likely to compose future offensive replies."
According to Twitter's research, for every 100 instances where these prompts are displayed (on average):
  • 69 tweets were sent without revision
  • 9 tweets were not sent
  • 22 were revised

Those findings are in line with the 30% figure above, but it's interesting to note the more granular detail here, and how exactly the prompts have changed user behaviors as a result. But more than this, Twitter also found that the prompts can have ongoing behavioral impacts in the app.

"We also found the effects of being presented with a prompt extended beyond just the moment of posting. We saw that, after just one exposure to a prompt, users were 4% less likely to compose a second offensive reply. Prompted users were also 20% less likely to compose five or more prompt-eligible Tweets"
So, while 4% may not seem overly significant (though at Twitter's scale, the actual numbers in this context could be big), the ongoing effect is that users end up becoming more considerate in their responses. Or they just get smarter at using terms that aren't going to trigger Twitter's warning. In addition to this, the researchers also found that prompted users received fewer offensive replies themselves.

"The proportion of replies to prompt-eligible tweets that were offensive decreased by 6% for prompted users. This represents a broader and sustained change in user behavior and implies that receiving prompts may help users be more cognizant of avoiding potentially offensive content as they post future Tweets."
Again, 6% may seem like a small fraction, but with some 500 million tweets sent every day, the raw number here could be significant. Of course, this only relates to tweets that trigger a warning, which would only be a small amount of actual tweet activity. But it is interesting to consider the impacts of these warning prompts, and how small nudges like this can alter user behavior. On face value, the results show that Twitter's offensive reply warnings could serve as an educational tool in guiding more consideration, which, on a broader scale, could help to improve on-platform discourse over time.

Anyone else out there prone to being a bit trigger-happy on Twitter?
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  • I think this is actually a good feature. I hope Facebook does the same thing. I have posted a lot of stuff on Facebook in the heat of the moment that I regret. If I got a prompt like this, it might have stopped me from posting some of the stupid thoughts I had when I was younger.
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  • Profile picture of the author DreamBuilderAF
    Definitely been trigger-happy on Twitter.

    It is interesting though that when Twitter started out they dubbed themselves "the free speech wing of the free speech party" and are now clearly engaging in "thought policing" which, rather than improve discourse, will ultimately lead to Twitter's demise, particularly in light of Elon's recent abandonment of his buyout offer.

    Rather than censoring free thought, users, frankly, should develop a slightly thicker skin otherwise all the social media platforms will become incredibly dull.

    Keep politics out of free speech and let the latter be an invitation to open and honest discussion.

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    • Profile picture of the author Artkantos
      I agree 100% with you, thought policing have gone too far, I have seen massive accounts banned there for real nonsenses...Can you imagine losing a 500k Twitter account for not agreeing with the current narrative or trend of thought? It's nuts.

      I really hope that one or few of the decentralized social media platforms that are currently being developed can eventually replace these propaganda machines!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Rather than censoring free thought, users, frankly, should develop a slightly thicker skin otherwise all the social media platforms will become incredibly dull.

    They already are dull in my opinion. I don't use Twitter - and never have. When i first looked at that social platform I saw adults posting like spoiled brats. I know Twitter has its uses but not for me.
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