Twitter preparing feature that restricts replies to tweets

Anne Freier | January 10, 2020

App Business

Twitter is working on a solution that allows users to define audiences for each of their tweets.

Presented at the CES this week, the company showcased the new feature which would essentially allow users to select the audiences for their tweets or restrict them.

As reported by Social Media Today, the individual settings of the new feature include:

  • Global – Everyone can see and reply to a tweet
  • Group – People a user follows or mentions are able to reply
  • Panel – Only mentioned people can reply
  • Statement – Replies are disabled

The feature is likely to be rolled out later this year and could make it easier to have quality conversations with expert voices by filtering them.

In other words, it allows for interview-style discussions of a topic. In the future, this could be useful for news organisations and hosts promoting live chats.

At the same time, it restrict bullying and online abuse on the platform. But some experts argue that it also restricts free speech.

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