On platforms like Facebook, when you come across something gory, the image in question might be blurred out along with a warning that you should proceed at your own risk. However, what about written posts? Sometimes written posts can be just as triggering as photos.
For those who spend a lot of their social media time on Twitter, you might be interested to learn that Twitter has announced that they will be working to introduce a trigger warning feature to its platform in the future. It will be called “Heads Up” and it won’t just apply to gory posts, but basically posts that might contain “heated” discussion.
Given that there are a number of things that could “trigger” people, whether you’re talking about politics or social issues, we suppose it is kind of a wide category. According to Twitter, this Heads Up warning will let users know that conversations in this post can get intense, and that you kind of need to “agree” that we’re all human, facts matter, and that having different perspectives might not be a bad thing as it can strengthen your own.
It is unclear how posts might be flagged as “Heads Up” as Twitter did not go into details, but this is a feature that users might be able to look out for in the future.