Twitter has recently been trying out new features to enhance their app. A new setting on Twitter will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. Picture: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Twitter has recently been trying out new features to enhance their app. A new setting on Twitter will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. Picture: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Twitter users will now be able to choose who can reply to tweets

By Masabata Mkwananzi Time of article published May 22, 2020

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Twitter has recently been trying out new features to enhance their app. In their latest installment, the social media giant has introduced a reply setting aimed at giving users more control over their conversations across the platform.

As Twitter is the number one stop to talk about what's happening with the who's-who of Twitterville, it is no surprise that one can’t have a meaningful conversation without unwanted replies. This can cause mayhem, especially to those with a huge following base.

“Since last year, we’ve been working to give people more control over their conversations starting with the ability to hide replies. We also began trying out new ways to start conversations with casual, fleeting thoughts. And now, we’re testing new settings that let you choose who can reply to your Tweet and join your conversation,” said Director of Product Management at Twitter Suzanne Xie, in a post.

The new setting will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. Before posting a tweet, users will be able to select one of three options: everyone (standard Twitter, and the default setting), only people you follow, or only people you mention. 

Tweets with the latter two settings will be labeled and the reply icon will be greyed out to make it clear for people that they can’t reply. 

Those who can’t reply will still be able to view, Retweet, Retweet with Comment, and like these Tweets.

Xie also added that, for now a limited group of people globally on Twitter for iOS, Android, and twitter.com can Tweet with these settings.

“Being able to participate and understand what's happening is key for useful public conversation. So, we're exploring how we can improve these settings to give people more opportunities to weigh in while still giving people control over the conversations they start. In addition to this, we’re making it easier to read all conversations around a Tweet with a new layout for replies and more accessible Retweets with comments,” she concluded. 

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