Last Updated on 4th December 2020
Twitter is the latest social media platform to announce that they are launching a disappearing feature. The new feature called ‘Fleets’ is now available to its 321 million users worldwide after several trials in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea found that Fleets ‘made people talk more on Twitter’.
Although Twitter’s user base does not include as many young people as Instagram or Snapchat, arguably this feature may be used as a vehicle to attract younger users to the platform
How does it work?
What are the risks for children and young people?
Since announcing the new Fleets feature, Twitter has already received backlash from a variety of communities, prompted by fears that the new tool will facilitate bullying and harassment.
We have highlighted the key risks below:
What are the risks for professionals?
Fleets may pose a risk for the professional reputation of users, as they may feel emboldened to post controversial statements or beliefs in response to contentious debates on the platform. All professionals should remember the importance of the appropriate use of social media.
Top Tips for professionals on Twitter
Our online safety experts have offered the following tips to promote the appropriate use of social media:
Essential Advice for Protecting Children and Young People
If young people in your care use Twitter, it is essential to talk to them about the platform, highlighting key risks and how to use it safely.
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