Twitter users have expressed dissatisfaction with the site’s new “Heads Up” feature, which puts warning labels on potentially “intense” conservations.
Many liberals want Big Tech to further regulate online speech, but the companies haven’t proved very good at the job.
Twitter rolled out “Heads Up” this week in as part of a campaign to promote “healthy conversation,” and the early review of the “trigger warnings” were damning as innocuous tweets were flagged for no apparent reason.
— 👻MizzOOOOOOOatheart👻 (@mizzouatheart) October 7, 2021
One tweet by The Spectator’s Washington editor Amber Athey was seemingly targeted just for mentioning former President Donald Trump.
— Kristina Wong 🇺🇸 (@kristina_wong) October 6, 2021
Some said the warnings were being affixed to tweets that named President Joe Biden.
Seeing the warning label “Heads Up – Conversations like this can be intense” on anyone’s post mentioning Biden pic.twitter.com/yFiACR0cDU
— StreetCitizen (@StreetCitizen) October 6, 2021
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh took the new system in stride.
Twitter is now warning people that my tweets are “intense” pic.twitter.com/0u5mk6wwpT
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 7, 2021
But other conservatives suggested the new alerts were being applied to one side more than the other.
These “Heads Up” warnings from Twitter are starting to feel like targeted harassment.
— Sally Summertime 🇺🇸 (@snide_sally) October 7, 2021
Meanwhile, transgender journalist Katelyn Burns was among those on the left who urged Twitter to crack down harder.
Christ just ban the people who tell me I deserve to die https://t.co/UO6x4erIKw
— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) October 6, 2021
- “The left wants more censorship” while the “right wants either more or less of it, but on terms favorable to conservatives,” The Dispatch editor in chief Jonah Goldberg summarized in his Wednesday newsletter.
When it comes to “trigger warnings,” an exhaustive analysis of the research published last month by a pair of Carleton College professors found no “significant benefits” to the alerts about potentially upsetting material.
- Multiple studies have concluded “trigger warnings” may be counterproductive.