Micro-blogging site Twitter has also joined the World Mental Health Day fray, with the launch of newer initiatives to create awareness on the important aspect of mental health in India. Twitter’s newer initiatives have been formulate din partnership with the World Federation for Mental Health. This is in the form of a new emoji that contains a green ribbon. This new “Mental Health emoji” would appear when the hashtags #WMHD2019, #WorldMentalHealthDay, #MentalHealth, #विश्वमानसिकस्वास्थ्यदिव: स, are used with tweets, from 10 October 10 to 30 October 30, 2019.
Also, Twitter now has created a standalone reporting mechanism for users with suicidal/self-harm tendencies. There is also an exclusive expert team to look at and monitor these reports. When this dedicated platform receives reports that a person is carrying thoughts of suicide or self-harm, it contacts the reported user and lets them know that someone who cares about them identified that they might be at risk. Additionally, Twitter also offers these “at risk” users online and hotline resources for them to seek help at the right point in time. This dedicated service also offers data on the Help Centres, for both users with suicidal tendencies, as well as those expressing concerns about fellow Twitterati stuck in such conditions.
In other recent must-know Twitter updates, both Twitter, as well as its “sister-concern” TweetDeck, were hit by an outage that caused troubles to users wanting to tweet, in receiving notifications, and even in checking out Direct Messages (DMs) sent by other users. This outage was also reported from India, in addition to users in geographies such as the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), and Japan. This outage was apparently observed in as many as eighty seven countries. This was specific to TweetDeck. For Twitter outage, there were nearly four hundred and fifty outages from nearly fifty countries including that of India.