Bluesky, a startup that dreams of becoming a social network to rival Twitter, has taken steps to improve content moderation on its platform. In closed beta, Bluesky was criticized for content moderation issues, including not quickly addressing racist threats and remarks. In response, the company implements advanced automated tools to flag content that violates our rules so that a team of moderators can review the content and make a final decision.
In a recent announcement from its Bluesky Safety account, the company highlighted its commitment to improving its arbitration process. The new automated tool aims to identify objectionable content and spam and adjust the process so that moderators can review objectionable content before it is seen by users.
Bluesky will also restore users’ ability to report posts if they appear incorrectly. Currently, users can report content directly from the app, including identifying adult content. Until this feature is fully operational, other accounts may report incorrect tags on your behalf. Bluesky has also introduced some new features including user lists and moderation lists to disable or block multiple users. Users can now sync their moderation settings across devices, and the platform has removed the adult content tag from posts without images. To address privacy concerns, Bluesky is developing a feature that will allow users to control who can reply to their messages. Recently, a feature offered by the competitor Despite these updates, some Bluesky users still support private accounts, especially since the platform plans to launch a public web interface. This feature allows uninvited users to find a message asking them to request a private account option for their friends only. Users also want the ability to remove followers and are encouraged to take strict action against accounts that violate community guidelines.
While many users are interested in X alternatives that focus on content moderation and security, Bluesky explores user needs and expectations. In particular, success was not guaranteed due to competitor Pebble’s emphasis on safety measures, which led to its closure in October. Bluesky continues to evolve to find the right balance between innovation and user satisfaction.