Twitter has confirmed it is experimenting with graying out the profiles of users it deems are posting “sensitive content,” displaying a warning to others before they can read their tweets.
Mashable first reported on the feature when one of their contributors attempted to view the profile of tech analyst Justyn Warren but was unable to determine why or how the account was flagged. Warren was not informed that his profile was hidden, nor understood exactly why Twitter imposed the measure on his account. Warren’s tweets seem to contain some swearing, but nothing serious enough to seem to warrant a sensitive content warning. His profile has since been unflagged.
Soon enough, there were reports of other accounts being grayed out:
Twitter claims that this new feature is to make the experience safer for users, and that it follows similar steps to their other safety features. Media, such as photos or videos, can already be reported as sensitive, with Twitter having the ability to mark an entire user’s media posts as sensitive permanently if they so choose. However, this new step verges away from stopping everyone immediately seeing pornography or graphic images to something potentially more worrying.
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