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Twitter test urges you to revise replies with 'harmful' language

Think before you tweet.

Twitter has another experiment in the works. 
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It's no edit button, but Twitter is testing a way to let you revise replies you might later regret. The company on Tuesday said it's running a limited test on iOS that will show people a prompt if their reply to a tweet uses language that may be considered offensive. 

"When things get heated, you may say things you don't mean," tweeted the official Twitter Support account on Tuesday. "To let you rethink a reply, we're running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it's published if it uses language that could be harmful."

The test is part of Twitter's efforts to promote healthy conversation on its site. Sunita Saligram, Twitter's global head of site policy for trust and safety, told Reuters the company wants to encourage people to "rethink their behavior and rethink their language." 

Twitter said the the prompt will be shown to a small percentage of iPhone users. It'll highlight the possibly harmful language in their reply and ask if they'd like to revise the language before posting. 

Twitter has also been experimenting with "fleets" -- tweets that disappear in 24 hours, without the option for likes, retweets or replies. They've been available in Brazil, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week said the company hopes to roll them out as quickly as possible around the world.

See also: How to see quoted replies and retweets on Twitter