Twitter made various modifications over the last year that made it easier to choose how to reply to tweets and control who can reply to your tweets. It’s now getting a new function that allows you to keep your reply section clean and welcoming.
The social network now allows you to change who can respond to your tweets even after you’ve sent them. Simply tap on the ellipsis button in the top right corner of your post and select the option that says “Change who can reply.”
You could already limit who responded to your tweets owing to a feature that was extensively pushed out in August, but you had to do it while posting the tweet — with this update, you can change who can respond later, which could be a useful approach to minimize harassment. On iOS, Android, and the web, the feature will be available worldwide.
Click or tap the three-dot menu on a tweet and seek for the option in the menu that appears to modify who can reply. You can make it so that everyone, only people you follow, or only those you mention in your tweet can respond.
According to a Twitter spokeswoman, users don’t always understand their tweets are going to cause controversy until it’s too late.
The new reply tools are part of a bigger Twitter campaign to rid the site of toxic content. In May, Twitter introduced additional prompts that appear when someone attempts to send a tweet that contains “potentially harmful and offensive language,” in an effort to encourage users to think twice before posting.
Twitter has also taken steps to reduce misinformation on the platform, labeling potentially misleading tweets and encouraging users to read articles before sharing them during the US election. Twitter has come under fire from both sides of the political aisle, with the right accusing it of censorship and the left accusing it of failing to stop misinformation and abuse.
“This update could benefit people who may Tweet something that receives unexpected attention and unwanted replies,” noted the spokesperson. “We’ve learned Conversation Settings help some people feel safer by limiting these unwanted replies so they can participate in more meaningful conversations, while still allowing people to see different points of view.”
This builds on a feature that was first introduced in 2020 and allowed users to choose who could react to their tweets before they were sent. The upgrade essentially allows users to edit the “who can reply” setting on their tweets after they’ve gone public — though the Twitter staff who announced the new feature avoided using the E-word.
This new edit-reply option is available right now on iOS, Android, and the web, according to Twitter. Twitter has confirmed that this applies to old tweets as well. To put it another way, users can go back and adjust the reply settings on tweets from years ago.
The feature is the most recent example of Twitter’s efforts to give users more control over who can interact with their content. On July 1st, Twitter unveiled some concepts it’s contemplating, including the option to tweet to “Trusted Friends” and the ability to tweet from different “facets” of your online identity, such as your professional self and your joke-y self.