Twitter has rolled out a new TikTok-like Explore tab for users in a limited number of countries. This tab will help users quickly check the most trending content on the platform. Additionally, Twitter has also announced that it is testing one-time alerts for users on photos and videos they share. This feature is currently only accessible to a small number of users. The one-time alert feature allows users to flag their posts with Nudity, Violent or Sensitive labels. Before that, users had to mark all their posts as sensitive. Twitter also mentioned in a recent blog post that it’s testing a “people first” overhaul of reporting content.
Twitter has done a limited batch Explore Tab on December 8. The Explore tab is now divided into “Trends” and “For You” sections. Many users have pointed out the TikTok-like layout. It is also speculated to work similarly, where users can simply swipe to find new content. This feature is currently available in some countries for people who use English-language Twitter on Android and iOS.
Along with the Explore tab, Twitter Safe shared a post on December 8 introducing the one-time alert feature. Twitter in the post mentions that people use the platform to discuss world happenings, “this sometimes means sharing sensitive or disturbing content.” The feature was announced after Twitter mentioned in an earlier blog post that it was trying a human first approach to the content of the report. It is being designed to simplify the reporting process for users. This method is currently being tested with a small user base in the United States and is expected to become widely available next year.
Twitter has been hard at work trying to reform its platform, but not all of the changes have gone smoothly. It has been updated recently image permission policy to address online abuse. However, this policy change allows far-right groups to protect themselves from scrutiny and harassment of anti-racism supporters on Twitter. Twitter has since accepted that “its enforcement teams made some mistakes” and is internally reviewing the policy change.