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Twitter is testing a feature that lets users limit the types of people allowed to reply to tweets

Twitter is testing a feature that lets users limit the types of people allowed to reply to their tweets

  • The feature will let users limited replies to their tweets 
  • It is capable of limiting to specific groups of people
  • The feature will be tested to limited people across the globe
  • Twitter hopes it will help reduce bullying and toxic conversations 

Twitter will begin testing a feature that lets users preemptively limit who can reply to their tweets.

Specifically, the feature is allowing users to select whether they want to receive replies from everyone, only users they follow, or people they mention in their tweet.

Everyone that can normally see a users’s tweets will still be able to read the limited post in addition to being able to like and re-tweet it 

‘A new way to have a convo with exactly who you want. We’re starting with a small % globally, so keep your out to see it in action,’ said Twitter in a tweet.

Users will be able to see if a tweet’s replies have been limited so they know in advance if they’ll be able to comment. 

According to the company, which announced its intentions in January, it is testing the feature with a limited global audience and will roll the feature out to all users sometime this year.

Twitter hopes that letting users limit replies will help mitigate harmful conversations on its platform.

‘We’re really excited about this, because not only does it help people feel … more comfortable as a … community, but also [ it] allows us to create a whole new format of conversation,’ Twitters director of product management, Suzanne Xie in a feature announcement in January.   

Limiting replies is part of a broader push by the company to crack down on offensive or abusive content that takes place within the platform.

Last year the company put in place a policy to moderate and examine posts that are reported to the platform that target certain religious groups.

If the tweet is found to be targeting specific religious groups, specifically if it ‘dehumanizes others on the basis of religion,’ Twitter says it will remove the post.

Protections for religious groups followed up a previous change last June that was meant to weed out hate speech emanating from its platform by political figures.

In the new system, posts by political figures found to be in violation of Twitter’s policy will be flagged by a type of public consent notice which must be read and clicked through before users can access the underlying tweet.