Twitter has been working on various nifty features that are geared towards enhancing the user experience. In July, Twitter went through a major redesign for its desktop version. And back in August, the firm started adding code to its website that would allow users to search through people and groups in their direct messages. In the same month, the firm also made it public via a tweet that it was working on building a filter that would extract potentially offensive messages from people who do not follow you.
Today, the California giant announced via a tweet that the filter has passed its testing phase and is now rolling out to people across all major platforms, that is, Android, iOS, and web.
Here's how it works. The filter adds an additional view to the direct message (DM) requests in the inbox. Nested inside the "message requests" option is a category that will contain "additional messages" which will house those messages that have been flagged as offensive. From there, the recipient can either choose to delete the messages without ever opening them.
People have complained about discomforting DM requests in the past. Most recently, a team of developers was working on removing unsolicited penis pictures received on the site. With that in mind, the new filter should be a welcome addition to Twitter.