Twitter unveils 'don't @ me' feature for silencing trolls and 'reply guys'

Yolanda Curtis
May 23, 2020

As mentioned above, the feature is rolling out to a limited group of people globally on Twitter for iOS and Android, in addition to the official website.

Twitter announced yesterday that new conversation settings are being tested, which can restrict the number of people that can respond to a tweet that you post. Starting now, Twitter users will be able to control who can respond to their tweets.

Twitter tweeted a 46-second long video about the new test feature mentioning about the functionality.

If and when this feature is finally rolled, Kenyans on Twitter may just find it a little harder to engage in their infamous tweefs with Nigerians, Ugandans, Tanzanians and South Africans.

"We also began trying out new ways to start conversations with casual, fleeting thoughts", Twitter said in a statement.

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The options are now Everyone, People you follow, and Only people you mention.

The way that the feature works is that when users compose a tweet, they are presented with the option to select who they can let reply to the tweet. You could even play a game of tic-tac-toe for people to follow along without messing up your moves. "Replies and Retweets of your Tweet will inherit the restrictions you placed on the root Tweet, but Retweets with Comments will not inherit your restrictions", it added.

The limit on who replies does not affect who can see the tweet, as it will be available to all users. "Tweets with the latter two settings will be labeled and the reply icon will be grayed out so that it's clear for people if they can't reply".

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