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Twitter Expands Test of Tweets That Disappear After 24 Hours After Proof That They Reduce Harassment

Twitter Expands Test of Tweets That Disappear After 24 Hours After Proof They Help Reduce Harassment

  • A test of ‘Fleets’ is being extended from Brazil to Italy
  • Twitter says the short-lived tweets have helped reduce bullying reports
  • The platform hopes that ‘Fleets’ will provide an alternative to more permanent posts

Twitter said its test of disappearing tweets will be expanded after preliminary evidence that they help reduce harassment.

According to Twitter, ‘Fleets’ – short-lived tweets that disappear after 24 hours – will expand from Brazil to Italy after two months of testing.

One of the reasons for expanding the test, Twitter says, is some evidence that they help reduce the amount of harassment.

“It’s still * very early *, but we’re seeing less abuse with Fleets because only a small percentage is reported per day,” Twitter communications said in a tweet.

While Twitter hasn’t provided much evidence of the feature’s effectiveness after that statement, the extension marks a positive step for wider acceptance.

The social media giant announced it was testing the feature, similar to the short-lived story posts on Instagram and Snapchat earlier this year.

Instead of appearing on someone’s timeline, users can look at the ‘Fleets’ by tapping someone’s icon – another similarity to Instagram and Snapchat stories.

“Fleets” – a combination of the words “ephemeral” and “tweet” – cannot be retweeted or receive public comments, but can be used instead through direct messages.

“People often tell us that they are uncomfortable with tweets because tweets can be seen and answered by anyone, feel permanent and performative (how many likes and retweets will this get!?). Many of us can probably empathize with this, ”wrote Kayvon Beykpour, product leader at Twitter in a tweet announcing the feature.

“We listened to this feedback and worked to create new opportunities that address some of the fears that keep people from talking on Twitter. Today, in Brazil only, we are starting a test (on Android and iOS) for one of those new features. It’s called Fleets. ‘

The permanent record aspect of Twitter’s timeline has led to some public figures running rampant in recent years, including stars like Kevin Hart, who was accused of writing homophobic tweets.

Likewise, director James Gunn was fired from his role as a director by Disney during the filming of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after tweets joked about rape and pedophilia.

Twitter said that while ‘Fleets’ are volatile, they will be subject to all community guidelines for harassment and hate speech.

The platform says it will keep a copy of the post for a “limited time” after it disappears and allow users to report messages they believe violate the guidelines.

Twitter released several new features in the past year in an effort to make the platform more user-friendly and less prone to harassment and other toxic behavior.

Among the initiatives are improved threads to make conversations more readable and also an updated set of community guidelines.