Skip to main content

Twitter is letting you remove followers without blocking them

Twitter's "social privacy" features could save you from the wrath of the internet... maybe.

Update, Sept 7 (8:13 p.m. ET): Twitter starts testing the ability to edit the follow list

What you need to know

  • Twitter is reportedly working on a set of new privacy features.
  • Users may be able to edit their follower list, hide liked tweets, and remove themselves from conversations.
  • Twitter may allow users to hide old tweets after a set amount of time.

Twitter is reportedly working on a set of new privacy features that will allow users to better manage their online presence on the social media site. The new "social privacy" features are meant to make people more comfortable engaging on Twitter.

According to Bloomberg, Twitter is currently considering several features that users may find very helpful when navigating the site. One big one includes hiding old tweets from other users after a set amount of time. This could be anywhere from 30, 60, or 90 days, and tweets would be archived away from users but still visible to the account holder.

There are some unofficial ways to quickly delete all your tweets if you want, but this would be a more direct way to achieve a similar feat.

This could be a handy feature for many users, as Twitter users are notorious for digging up old tweets as part of "cancel culture." Being able to hide old tweets could potentially save some users from being called out later on. That said, the internet rarely forgets, and there are plenty of ways to dig up dirt on someone.

Twitter is also considering letting users edit their follow list and stop individual users from following them, instead of just blocking them, a feature that has been available on Instagram for some time. According to Bloomberg, Twitter plans to test the feature as early as this month.

Other features include hiding liked posts by allowing only certain users to see which tweets you've liked and the ability to remove one's self from a conversation, which is a feature that has been spotted before and will apparently reach testing before the end of the year.

Twitter has been on a crusade trying to find ways to get users to engage more with the site, especially after the failure of Fleets. Bringing new features such as those in development may help make users more comfortable tweeting more if they have more control over the experience.

We've reached out to Twitter for additional information on these features but did not receive a response in time for publication. However, a company spokesperson provided a statement with The Verge, stressing the importance of privacy and allowing users to feel safe and in control of their social presence:

We understand that there's no one size fits all approach to privacy, so we're excited to roll out more features and tools to empower people on Twitter to customize their experience.

Our focus on social privacy is inspired by feedback we received through a global research study we conducted to better understand people's perceptions of and needs for privacy around the globe.

We'll begin testing some of these features as soon as next week.

The news comes just after the launch of Super Follows and a new Safety Mode feature that the site is testing, which lets users temporarily block others for unwanted interactions. Super Follows is currently available for iOS devices but will soon come to the best Android phones, while Safety Mode is still under development and not yet fully available.

Update, Sept 7 (8:13 p.m. ET) ― Twitter lets some users remove followers

Twitter has begun publicly testing one of the aforementioned features, which allows users to edit their follow list and remove people they no longer want following them.

In order to remove someone, you must access the "Followers" list and click the three-dot menu next to the "Follow" button. From there, you can access several options, including removing individual users from your follow list so your tweets will no longer show up in their feed.

The feature is rolling out to users on the web version of Twitter.



Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

How to watch England vs India: Live stream Fourth Test cricket online

Having bounced back from defeat with an impressive win in the third Test at Headingley, Joe Root's men will be hoping they can now forge an advantage as the series moves to London - watch every ball of this fourth Test with our England vs India live stream guide below. England managed to dismiss India for just 78 on Day 1 in a scintillating bowling display, but there was even better to come from the hosts' top-order batting, with all of the top three managing to notch up half-centuries in their first innings. Skipper Root meanwhile continued his extraordinary 2021 form, clocking up yet another three-figure score. With a buoyant home side now hoping to carry on where they left off, India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri must unravel how their attack was so routinely undone with the new ball last time out. Kohli himself will also need to do more leading from the front, with the normally reliably prolific batsman having scored no more than 55 during any inni

Google Pay on Wear OS expands again, is now available in 37 countries

More people will be able to use their Wear OS watch for payments. Update, Sept 8 (5:30 p.m. ET) : Google Pay support expands to more countries. What you need to know Google Pay is getting expanded support in more countries. 16 additional countries will support contactless payments on the Galaxy Watch 4. The expanded support will also come to older Wear OS smartwatches "in the coming weeks." With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 , Google has highlighted some of the new app experiences that will come with the new Wear OS 3 update. Google Pay is among the apps that are getting a redesign based on Material You, but Google also announced that it's expanding support for more countries. As it stands, Google Pay only supports a handful of countries for contactless payments on Wear OS. Google is now adding 16 additional countries to the list, which include the following: Belgium Brazil Chile Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Hong Kong Ireland New Zeal

How to watch the Djokovic vs Medvedev: Live stream the US Open 2021 final o

History beckons for Novak Djokovic as the Serbian legend goes in search of two significant tennis records in this afternoon's grand finale at Flushing Meadows. Read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev online no matter where you are in the world. A win here for the 34-year old would see him overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles won, with all three veterans currently tied at 20 wins a piece. Victory in New York this afternoon would also see Djokovic complete the first male calendar slam in the Open Era. Aiming to make a piece of history of his own but stopping Djokovic is Russian star Daniil Medvedev who will be looking to finally claim his first slam title. The 25-year-old world no.2 has been in some of the best form of his career in the Big Apple having given up just a single set on his way to today's final. The match marks Medvedev's second major showdown

How to watch the Raducanu vs Fernandez: Live stream the US Open 2021 final

It's a battle of the teens at Flushing Meadows this evening as two youngsters who have stunned the tennis world go head-to-head - read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez online no matter where you are in the world. The last time the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium was contested by two players yet to reach their 20s was when Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis to take the title back in 1999 in a match that signalled a new era for the women's game. While both players in that match were something of a known quantity - Hingis was already world no.1 - both of today's finalists' trailblazing journeys to today's clash has come as something of a bolt out of the blue. Britain's Emma Raducanu had to go through the qualifying stage on her incredible route to this showdown, yet has yet to lose a set so far in the tournament. The 18-year-old now stands on the brink of becoming the first British woman