INTRO: As a part of its continuing efforts to supply users more control over who gets to reply to their posts, Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out new settings that it says will enable people to limit unwanted replies to the conversations they begin on the platform. The company has been testing the new setting with select users for several months now but has now finally started rolling it out universally.
As a part of the plan, users will now get three options on who can reply to their tweets – ‘Everyone’, ‘People you follow’ and ‘Only people you mention’. The first of these options are going to be the default across all platforms. “Starting today, everyone are going to be ready to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get within the way of meaningful conversations”, said Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of product management.
Originally announced at the CES tech show in January, the new feature allows users to settle on who can participate during a conversation thread they started. It enables users to lock down a conversation by choosing who is – and who isn’t – allowed to reply to their tweets. The beta test was first spotted in February before the company started a phased rollout for select users in May.
The new feature has already proven to be highly controversial, with free-speech advocates slamming it for possibly restricting healthy debates on the platform. According to many, it’ll just increase the increasing number of echo chambers on the location, further restricting the free exchange of ideas. It’s not immediately clear if it’ll adversely affect conversations on Twitter, but it’ll little question be a fundamental change to how the platform has worked since its inception.