Twitter announces new feature that blocks users from replying to tweets

The feature will comprise four panels, each giving users control over who gets to reply to their tweets

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 9, 2020 11:13 AM

In an attempt to clamp down on toxic conversations on Twitter, the microblogging site has announced the roll out of a feature that prevents users from replying to tweets. The new setting will have four options – Global, Group, Panel and Statement – which will give users control over who gets to reply to the tweets.

Global setting will allow anyone to reply to the given tweet. Group will let only the people you follow and the ones mentioned with @ in the tweet to respond. Panel will allow only the people whom you mention. Statement setting will restrict anyone from replying to your tweet.

While the feature sets to curb down abuse and bullying on the site, users expressed concern that the feature may stymie any efforts to call out fake news on Twitter.

Twitter announced that the feature is still in its test phase and will be available to only a small set of users. First experiments with the setting will start in a couple of months, during which it will be closely monitored for feedback.

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