Twitter testing new tweet reply controls

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

To help people avoid unwanted replies that flood their tweets, Twitter has launched a new test where the users can have three options to choose from to decide who can reply and join the conversation before they tweet. It's unclear why Twitter isn't ready to roll out the feature to all users right now.

Twitter's new feature now lets users on iOS see all retweets with comments - all in one place.

Twitter also said that once a Tweet is published, the user can not later change the restrictions other than by deleting the Tweet.

The feature is being tested globally with a limited percentage of users before it's officially rolled out across the platform.

Tweets set for replies by only followers or only people mentioned will be labeled as such, with the reply icon grayed out to alert people that they are not permitted to reply.

Last year, it began allowing users to hide replies to their tweets, a potential way to limit the spread of abuse online.

You can pick from - "everyone", "only people you follow" and "only people you mention".

The options are now Everyone, People you follow, and Only people you mention. By restricting who can reply, Twitter threads can now be read as interactions between two individuals on a particular topic, should they wish to.

The feature could also be used to hold a panel or fireside chat on Twitter. An organisation or influencer could mention a few people in a tweet and allow only them to reply, and create a conversation on the platform. A "reply guy" is the type of gentleman who mostly responds to tweets from women, offering unsolicited advice and condescending wisdom.

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