A mockup of an intervention in which all posts have a delay built into them.



Stop Hate & Bullying

Delay-by-Default Posting

Gives users a chance to reconsider their words before they're public

Delay-by-Default Posting

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What It Is

If implemented on a platform, all posts or comments would, by default, not appear to anyone else for a set amount of time (say one hour). A few minutes before that time is up, the user would be notified and given the opportunity to make edits to what they said, cancel the post, or delay it again. The initial delay could be overridden (with a warning confirmation) and then labeled as an "instant post." This could then be downgraded by sorting algorithms (if spur-of the moment posts are deemed to be more hostile or of poorer quality).

What It Does

This incentivizes users to think more carefully about what they're saying to a global audience. Some of the least productive comments are done as an immediate "road rage" style response, and the anger behind them tends to fade over time. Building a system to allow people to reconsider their words after they have calmed down could lead to healthier conversations. It could also reduce regret over participation when people feel better about the things they have said that are permanently visible to a global audience.

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