Twitter announces a feature on CES that allows you to BLOCK people to respond to your tweets

Twitter is set to test a feature that you can use to BLOCK people to reply to your tweets, causing many questions about how information on the platform is invalidated

  • Twitter spoke at CES to share a new feature that tests it with a small group
  • Allows users to block anyone from answering their tweets or allow anyone to do so
  • There are options for only those you follow and the ones listed to be answered
  • The feature should be available to all users of the platform later this year

Twitter is set to roll out a feature that allows you to block other users from replying to your tweets.

The giant of social media entered the stage at CES in Las Vegas to reveal ‘conversation partners’ appearing on the ‘Compose Tweet’ screen and containing four answer settings: global, group, panel and statement.

With the different options, everyone can reply, limit answers to people you follow or mention in the tweet, only leave that comment a comment and finally the last setting blocks all comments.

Although Twitter said the function is to end trolling on the platform, visitors to CES asked how wrong information is debunked if the user blocks others from responding.

The giant of social media entered the stage at CES in Las Vegas to reveal 'conversation partners' appearing on the 'Compose Tweet' screen and containing four answer settings: global, group, panel and statement.

The giant of social media entered the stage at CES in Las Vegas to reveal ‘conversation partners’ appearing on the ‘Compose Tweet’ screen and containing four answer settings: global, group, panel and statement.

The new feature was first reported by The edge, who listened to Twitters director product management, Suzanne Xie, during the event.

‘We are very enthusiastic about this, because it not only helps people to feel more comfortable as a … community, but also [because it] allows us to create a whole new format for conversations, “she explained.

Xie says that Twitter “is researching the function” and that “the mock-ups will be part of an experiment that we are going to conduct” in the first quarter.

The social media giant gathers what he has learned from the experiment and uses it for the global launch that will take place later this year.

Suzanne Xie (photo) spoke at the event and revealed 'conversation participants'. The social media giant gathers what he has learned from the experiment and uses it for the global launch that will take place later this year

Suzanne Xie (photo) spoke at the event and revealed 'conversation participants'. The social media giant gathers what he has learned from the experiment and uses it for the global launch that will take place later this year

Suzanne Xie (photo) spoke at the event and revealed ‘conversation participants’. The social media giant gathers what he has learned from the experiment and uses it for the global launch that will take place later this year

Although Twitter said the function is to end trolling on the platform, CES visitors asked how wrong information is debunked if the user blocks others from responding

Although Twitter said the function is to end trolling on the platform, CES visitors asked how wrong information is debunked if the user blocks others from responding

Although Twitter said the function is to end trolling on the platform, CES visitors asked how wrong information is debunked if the user blocks others from responding

Twitter’s product leader Kayvon Beykpour said: “Part of the purpose of the experiment is to see what the results are. How does that affect the relationship situation? How does that influence the way people have good conversations? “

Xie was confronted with questions during the disclosure, in particular one that could have early or restrictive answers that meant that incorrect information could not be easily refuted.

She noted that this is “something we will look at very carefully when we experiment.”

Twitter also noted that this change is aimed at reducing the more unhealthy conversations floating around its platform, rather than causing a stream of misinformation.

The function is currently only a test and will only be accessible to a small group of users.

Twitter says it will start experimenting with the new answer feature sometime in the coming months and that it will closely monitor and look for feedback before deciding whether it will be made more widely available.

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