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Twitter to Experiment With Limiting Replies in Effort to Combat Online Abuse

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Twitter to limit replies

Twitter officially announced that it will test new features early this year that would allow users to control who can reply to their tweets, as it looks to limit abuse and harassment on the platform. Social media firms are under pressure to address harassment on their sites, which often occurs in unsolicited replies targeting women and minorities, and Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey had promised since 2018 to increase the “health” of public conversation.

“We want to help people feel safe participating in the conversation on Twitter by giving them more control over the conversations they start,” the San Francisco-based company said in a tweet.

The company launched a feature last year which allows users to hide certain replies on their tweets, as part of efforts to clean up abusive content and make the social media platform more user-friendly.

In a presentation at the annual Consumer Exhibition Show (CES) tech conference, the company laid out plans, according to reports by several tech media, including The verge and TechCrunch, that users will be able to choose four different settings for replies: Global, which would allow anyone to respond, Group, which would allow replies from user followed or mentioned; Panel, or people mentioned in a tweet, and Statement, or no replies at all.

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