Twitter now gives users control over who replies to their tweets

Joanna Estrada
August 14, 2020

The US microblogging platform Twitter has introduced a feature that will give users more control over their conversations by limiting replies to their posts. Twitter says that feature ensures that unwanted replies don't get in the way of meaningful conversations. "We've seen people use these settings to have conversations that weren't really possible before", Xie said.

They can choose "Everyone, ' 'People you follow" or 'Only people you mention'.

If you pick "Everyone", it means that users-including users you don't know-have the ability to reply to your Tweet. It's unclear if or when it will expand to more countries - as with all experimental features, there's no guarantee that it will survive the testing phase.

You can download Twitter PWA from the below link, or you can visit Microsoft Store and search for the app. And even if they can't reply, other Twitter users can still retweet, comment, share, or like the tweet in question. Before sending a tweet, users will have three options to choose who can reply: everyone, which is the standard default setting, only people the users follows, or only people the user mentions in the tweet. However, this does not prevent those people from retweeting, commenting (via quote retweet), sharing, or liking that specific tweet.

Xie elaborated on the feedback received from users in the blog post, saying that people felt more protected from spam and abuse.

Twitter has rolled out its limited reply feature for all users across the globe today, after almost three months of testing.

Twitter is also working on a new label "to make it more obvious when these conversation settings are used".

People look for additional commentary a lot more when replies are limited.

"Differing views can still be shared with Retweets with Comments, which sometimes reach a larger audience than the original tweet". However, the feature also limits one of Twitter's fundamental rules that allow other users to share their opinion on a topic of the tweet.

Twitter has well over 300 million users around the world, and they don't all speak the same language.

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