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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Twitter announced Wednesday that it will implement prompts asking users to review harmful or offensive replies before they hit send as a way to encourage healthier conversations on the platform.

Why it matters: Twitter, which had been testing the prompts for almost a year, said the notifications resulted in users sending fewer offensive replies and broadly improved behavior on the platform.

By the numbers: The company noted that throughout testing, 34% of people revised their initial reply or decided not to send a reply at all if prompted.

  • On average, users composed 11% fewer offensive replies after being prompted at least once.

The big picture: Social media platforms, including Twitter, have been criticized for years for not doing enough to curb harassment on their platforms even after promising to do so.

Go deeper: Startup backed by Reddit co-founder helps Twitter users block trolls

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Spooked by new laws, tech doubles down on kids' privacy

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Tech giants are scrambling to update their privacy rules for young users in order to comply with new regulations from the United Kingdom focused on teens' online privacy and wellbeing.

Why it matters: Historically, when Europe passes new data laws, the U.S. and other Western countries have eventually followed suit. So it's likely that the U.K.'s pending Age Appropriate Design Code will set a new global standard for the treatment of children's data.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
16 mins ago - Economy & Business

Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.