Twitter is providing all users access to the content warning function that it tested last year. The feature lets you disguise specific photographs and videos behind warnings for nudity, violence, and “sensitive” material, rather than attaching a blanket warning to all multimedia tweets. It’s accessible on Twitter’s Android and iOS applications as well as its online client.
According to the tweet from the Twitter support official handle, users may place a content warning on postings by uploading a picture or video, pressing to edit it, and then clicking a flag symbol that will bring up the alternatives indicated above. You may tag numerous warnings for a given piece of media, and you can add a caution to one picture or video in a tweet but not another – although in the latter instance, Twitter seems to post a single warning over both of them.
As with the prior method, users may click “Show” to see the media, and you can’t place cautions in the tweet text. The warning (so far) doesn’t appear in embedded tweets or programmes like TweetDeck. And there’s regrettably no category for the tweets many people want to avoid the most: movie spoilers.
What this Simply mean
As the categories imply, content warnings are portrayed as a tool to help individuals avoid interacting with potentially distressing or not-safe-for-work material. But users of other platforms have utilised them in more complicated ways.
The decentralised social network Mastodon enables users to create freeform content warnings that may be applied to text or multimedia messages, which might serve as an informal labelling system for postings. Twitter’s system remains restricted by comparison, but it’s more adaptable than its predecessor — and you could still conceal spoilers behind it in a hurry.