Twitter expands ‘Safety Mode’ feature to half of all Canadian accounts

The feature autoblocks abusive and spam accounts for a week

Twitter is expanding its Safety Mode feature to mark ‘Safer Internet Day.’

Accounts using this feature allow Twitter to auto-block profiles tweeting harmful language and unwanted interactions for seven days, and accounts a user follows and interacts with aren’t blocked.

Auto-blocked accounts can’t follow the account in Safety Mode, see their tweets, or send direct messages.

The account owner in Safety Mode can undo any auto-block before the seven days end.

“Potentially spammy behaviour impacts otherwise healthy conversations and looks like Tweeting repetitive content, sending unsolicited mentions [or] replies, using unrelated hashtags to get attention, and or following indiscriminately,” Twitter says on its website.

Initially announced in September 2021, the feature was only available to a small group of users on iOS, Android and Twitter’s website.

The feature is now available to 50 percent of Twitter users in Canada. The same goes for the U.S, U.K, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Safer Internet Day promotes online technology and mobile phones in a safe and responsible manner.

Twitter is also participating in other activities, such as hosting chats through Twitter Spaces, to mark the day.