Twitter, one of the most popular micro-blogging sites, is testing a new feature that will allow users to select who can comment or reply to their tweet.
While tweeting, Twitter will ask you who can reply to your tweet. You will have to select from three available options including Everyone (which is the default), people you follow, and people you mentioned.
Limiting comments via new Twitter feature
If you chose any of the options including people you follow or people you mentioned, then other people who see your tweet will be unable to post a reply on that. However, those people can like your tweet, simply retweet, or retweet with a caption too.
This new feature to restrict the replies on your tweets is going to prevent harassment on the platform. Restricting the replies will help you get answers from only a logical set of people that too only those who are already connected with you on Twitter.
The feature is also going to save you from trolls and spammers who unnecessarily poke in a serious conversation or spoil it with vulgarity or cuss words.
Twitter previously announced in January 2020 that it is soon going to provide enhanced user control. Now it is doing a solid for Twitteratis.
American Civil Liberties Union’s Take On This
In response to this feature, the American Civil Liberties Union has clearly said that none of the public officials can use it on their Twitter accounts opened to gather public opinion.
Using this feature will kill the right of people to express their opinions and raise their issues to public officials.
The comment restricting feature of Twitter is only available for a few Android, iOS, and web version users as of now. There is no word by the company on the global roll-out of the feature. But it will be made available to the masses quite soon.