De-escalating social media | Nick Punt

A quite frankly brilliant concept design for a "Mea Culpa feature" on Twitter. The idea: let users add a flag to their own tweets admitting mistake:

Mockup for an "I made a mistake" option on Twitter that shows a flag no the original tweet reading "@user has indicated they made a mistake in this tweet".
Nick goes into more detail about the exact reasoning behind the language used here, but I think it's pretty spot on.

Adding a "mistake" notice would trigger the tweet to reappear in people's timelines that already saw it, helping the "retraction" gain ground, and stop new users from liking or commenting, de-amplifying the message. Nick also puts forward a suggestion for a "forgive" interaction that would appear under tweets with Mea Culpa notes applied, so that users can receive positive reinforcement as well. I think it's all great and a fantastic idea for humanising social media, building a UX that drives more positive discourse and more civil interactions.

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