On Wednesday the social media giant, Twitter announced that they are trying and testing a brand-new feature that will allow the users to restrict replies to their tweets.
This new feature is basically an advanced reply permission setting that will allow individuals to determine who can reply to their tweets. Presently, when an individual publishes a tweet on the social media platform, any user irrespective of their following list can respond to the foregoing tweet.
This advanced progress was declared by Twitter through a video demo published on the social media platform. In the demonstration, Twitter disclosed that this new feature is nothing but a new permission setting right under the tweet compose window that will enable individuals to choose who can respond to that tweet. This feature includes three categories to choose from- Everyone, People You Follow, and Only People You Mention.
The feature will be extremely beneficial to users who don’t want their tweets to be visible to the world and want to avoid needless replies. In order to have totally private conversations, Twitter already provides Direct Message option, and in case of a filtered experience, Twitter provides the option of enabling protected tweets.
As the option name indicates, merely those users that the author of the tweet has chosen will be able to reply to the tweet. Nevertheless, other individuals who are not “invited” to respond to the tweet, will be able to see and like the post.
This latest feature is presently accessible only to restricted users around the world as it is still being tested. There is no news on its broader rollout, although, if everything goes right, the rollout of this feature should not take more than a few weeks.
Twitter previously this year had also indicated the release of a reply permission setting in the forthcoming future. The company had mentioned that “We want to help people feel safe participating in the conversation on Twitter by giving them more control over the conversations they start. We’ll be experimenting with different options for who can reply to Tweets in early 2020”
Presently, Twitter allows users to make their account private if they want to restrict replies from other users who are not following them. Twitter’s biggest opponent, Facebook provides an identical feature where users can restrict a post and its viewers.