Twitter to let users control who can reply to their tweets


Twitter executives revealed that the company plans to allow users to control who can reply to their tweets in order to make them feel safer on the social media platform.

Twitter executives said at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show that users will have four options for who can reply to their tweets — anyone on Twitter, a group of people a user follows or mentions, people the user knows, or no Twitter users — Venture Beat reported.

Suzanne Xie, director of product management at Twitter, explained, “We’re really excited about this, because not only does it help people feel … more comfortable as a … community, but also [because it] allows us to create a whole new format of conversation,” the outlet reported.

Last year, Twitter began testing a feature that would allow users to hide replies to their tweets.

“Public conversation is only valuable if it’s healthy enough that people would want to participate in the first place,” Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said, Venture Beat reported. “[We need to] ensure the integrity of the information that people are consuming on the platform is high.”

Twitter executives also said they are planning to continue expanding “topics,” or subjects users can follow on the platform. Nearly 1,000 topics that are curated from the most popular subjects on the site are available today, ranging from celebrities and gaming to genres of music.

But executives confirmed that political topics will remain unavailable to users. Twitter product manager Rob Bishop said the company is studying possible effects of a topic on politics before rolling out the change to all users. 

“We’re trying to lead by example … in terms of earning interest of our customers with every decision that we made,” Beykpour said, Venture Beat reported.

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