Twitter Quality Filter Creates Safe Space

Twitter Quality Filter Creates Safe Space

Twitter announced, August 18th, they are providing filters to limit who you see on the platform. This will give users more control over who they interact with. Subsequently, it empowers you to express an opinion without being inundated with mean-spirited responses. Or, in the case of Lena Dunham, a way to stop hearing negative comments when she does or says something controversial. Regardless, is this a good thing?

The Echo Chamber

Social media works hard to bring you only the posts, images, and videos you are most likely to engage with. For example, on Facebook, the more you like, share, or comment on pro-gun rights posts, the more you see pro-gun rights and stereotypical right-wing subject matter. The end results is an echo chamber constantly reinforcing a person’s point of view and favorite narratives. The new Twitter quality filter adds to this problem. 

Consider for a moment the movement college campuses transforming into “safe spaces.” In concept, a safe space allows for discussions without harsh judgments. In practice, it shuts down debate and muzzles free speech. In this world, almost everything is an act of aggression. Susan Milligan of U.S. News reports that the problem is so bad that college professors have started limiting what they teach to avoid causing any real or manufactured offense.

The Twitter Quality Filter

Regardless, the Twitter quality filter is another Facebook-like feature from the social media platform, using a monkey-see-monkey-do methodology. Twitter is struggling to attract new users and has been imitating some of Facebook’s features, like a timeline algorithm similar to the Facebook News Feed. Sequentially, each new change seals the user’s echo chamber tighter.

What we are creating is a population who suffers from group-think. Surrounded by only people who are “like-minded”, we now have very limited contact with those who think and believe differently. As a result, there is a growing unwillingness to accept a different conclusion can result from different people knowing the same facts.

Ultimately, the Twitter quality filter is not for protecting users from trolls or harassment. Twitter already has features to ignore or block those people. You can even make yourself private. On the other hand, the Twitter quality filter is only for the purpose of protecting users from opposing points of view. Nonetheless, my real concern is for Lena Dunham. How will she get media attention now?

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mdbree17
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mdbree17

“Twitter quality filter is only for the purpose of protecting users from opposing points of view”.

So how should people interact in Twitter if opposing points of view has been filtered? Isn’t it good that people share their ideas thru Twitter and can talk about it?

Timothy Alexander
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You would think. Unfortunately, many people seem to want to be protected from differing opinions.

hazelandrea
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hazelandrea

I think social media is one place where people are supposed to see every culture and views there are in different parts of the world. If this change will be done, then it will make people more close minded about beliefs that are not similar to theirs. I suggest for this feature to have an option whether the users would like to turn it on and off since I, myself, don’t want to have this feature in my Twitter account.

Constar442
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Constar442

Maybe twitter is just protecting its users. But I think this will limit the interaction between opposing parties only. But not the non opposing users. This may be a good feature in some way

iamreeence
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iamreeence
Twitter is just doing what they think is the right thing, and as for my opinion I also think that what twitter did was the right thing. Now a days cyber bullying is very common and is already widespread across the internet. And this feature of Twitter is a good example of protecting its users from the cyber bullying. Users who get bullied may have depression afterwards and may lead to serious problems, like over thinking or worse, suicide. Although it may limit some of the users because of this feature, I think let us just look at the brighter… Read more »
Haley
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Haley

That filter can majority benefits those close minded people who only wants the idea of them being always right. The intention is there but they are limiting the communication between two people who have different point of views, and that is not fun and realistic.