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Twitter joins pursuit of Safer Internet Day with key updates

Manila, Philippines — Social networking giant and platform Twitter has launched a campaign ahead of this year’s Safer Internet Day. Following the theme ‘Together for a better internet, Twitter is calling upon people to join together to make the Internet a safer and better place for all, especially for younger users. In the last year, the platform has made expansions on its policies and updated its features to help ensure that people have positive experiences while using Twitter.

Ahead of 8 February, Twitter has disclosed key highlights to its Safety and Health updates to prove that they are one with the cause. A key update that the platform has rolled out is the launch of the one-time content warnings globally to be added as warnings for sensitive content on their timelines to combat sensitive content encounters without being initially notified. The social networking app also launched the Digital Safety playbook to help people feel safer, be in control, and manage their digital footprint. The playbook is downloadable and available in seven languages namely English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish (Spain), and Spanish (Latin America).

Aside from that, Twitter has also updated their Covid-19 misleading information policy to help ensure that people can find the right information about Covid-19 on Twitter. Twitter also expanded the #ThereIsHelp notification search prompt to provide credible information from authoritative sources to those who need it.

In December 2021, the company launched a global expansion of the HIV notification search prompt to provide the right information about HIV across the Asia Pacific and the Americas. Meanwhile, in May of last year, Twitter launched a freedom of expression search prompt in Thailand that will connect people to the NGOs whenever they search Thai keywords associated with freedom of expression on Twitter.

Lastly, Twitter collaborated with UN Women Asia Pacific to amplify its support on creating awareness toward gender-based violence in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

In the Philippines, Plan International teamed up with Twitter to launch #NotForSale: A Safer Twitter Campaign and Resource Hub. The humanitarian organisation will also host a Twitter Spaces with partners from the Down to Zero programme to combat the sexual exploitation of children in 12 countries across Asia and Latin America.

To encourage conversation around safer internet use, the company has launched a special emoji which will be available until 13 February. People can activate it by Tweeting with the following hashtags like #SaferInternetDay, #SID2022, #MasLigtasNaInternet, #ArawNgMasLigtasNaInternet.