Twitter has launched a new feature that gives users more control over who can interact with them, essentially allowing users to smoothly block their own followers.
The feature is currently available to anyone who uses Twitter on the web, with no word yet on when it will be available for the app. To delete a subscriber, go to your profile and click on “Subscribers”. From there, click on the three dots next to their name and select “Remove this subscriber.”
This action will remove the user from your followers without them being notified of the deletion, although according to Twitter the account may still follow you again in the future. After being deleted, the account will no longer be able to see your tweets in its timeline, but it will be able to send direct messages.
We make it easy for you to be the curator of your own subscriber list. Test now on the web: remove a subscriber without blocking them. To remove a subscriber, go to your profile and click “Subscribers”, then click the three-dot icon and select “Remove this subscriber”. pic.twitter.com/2Ig7Mp8TnxSeptember 7, 2021
Why we need a way to remove subscribers
The ability to remove followers is part of a larger Twitter effort to not only quell trolls, but to allow users to better organize their own experience on the social media platform.
Last month a new Security mode The feature has started rolling out to testers, it’s an algorithm that identifies accounts that send abuse or repetitive mentions to other users, and automatically blocks them for seven days.
While users may want to outright block other accounts that harass them online, the ability to remove followers, or ‘smooth block’, is perhaps a way to create a comfortable space for you – even online. This limits who can see your tweets in their stream and helps avoid the confrontation that a hard block can cause.
Given the recent Wall Street Journals report that Facebook is aware of Instagram’s negative impact on adolescent mental health, there should be a strong focus on how social media platforms can better help, not harm. , to their audience.
The ability to drop subscribers is small and long overdue, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.
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