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Twitter will now let userschoose who replies to theirtweets: Here is how

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday announced that it is testing a new feature that would let the user choose who can reply to their tweets.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti New Delhi Last Updated: May 21, 2020 | 10:20 IST

Highlights

  • Twitter on Wednesday announced that it is testing a new feature that would let the user choose who can reply to their tweets
  • The new feature would enable the audience to like and reshare a post but they would not be able to reply to the tweets
  • Currently, the feature has been made available to a handful of people globally

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday announced that it is testing a new feature that would let the user choose who can reply to their tweets. With this new move, the social media giant is eyeing to get rid of unwanted replies and harassment on its platform. The new feature would enable the audience to like and reshare a post but they would not be able to reply to the tweets unless allowed by the user.

The new feature is going to be particularly useful for public figures on Twitter including journalists, actors, and politicians. They are most of them subjected to slander and abuse on the social media platform without any rhyme or reason. Currently, the feature has been made available to a handful of people globally but Twitter is planning to roll out the feature for all its users soon.

So here's how it will work

—When you start composing a tweet, you will find an option below which says "Everyone can reply."

—When you the icon, you will get three new options saying "everyone, "people you follow" and "Only people you mention".

—You can select any of these to restrict the replies to your tweets.

When you choose the other two settings, Twitter will label it and the reply icon will be lightened or grayed out so that readers can understand that they cannot reply to the tweet. However, people who have been granted permission to reply can still view the tweet, retweet it with a comment, or like the tweet.

Earlier, Twitter had given the option to users to hide the replies from their timeline to give people some control over the conversations on the micro-blogging platform. It also redesigned its app a bit by including threaded replies, this gives a better view to users about who posted what. Twitter has also been trying out a feature called fleeting thoughts, which is similar to the Stories on Instagram. The posts will come with a time period and it will diminish from the site after the said time frame.

On a related note, Instagram too had introduced a bevy of new features recently. The users already had the option of restricting comments under a post but now it has also allowed the users to delete comments in bulk and control tags and mentions. Seems like the social media giants have taken the security game seriously and are in no mood to let people get bullied or harassed on their respective platforms

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