Twitter update lets you control who can reply to your tweets [Updated]

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New feature helps keep out the trolls.
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The latest update to the Twitter app for iOS allows users to limit who can reply to their tweets. Twitter started testing the feature with a small number of users in May. Thursday’s update rolls it out to everyone.

Update: Twitter admitted Thursday that it got ahead of itself. It announced this feature in the release notes of its latest iOS app, but then told The Verge “the ability to limit replies on tweets is not currently available to everyone.”

The purpose of the feature is to allow people to speak with “exactly who they want” with their messages, thereby theoretically reducing trolling on the platform — as well as making it possible to have more-personal conversations.

How to tell Twitter who can reply to your tweets

To control who can reply to a tweet, you can toggle various options as you compose your micro-message. One is the standard “Everyone can reply” option familiar to anyone who has ever used Twitter. Another lets only people you follow reply; another allows only those who are @ mentioned in your tweet. The selection has to be done for each tweet you send. Choosing the second or third option in one message will not automatically limit responses future tweets.

Twitter most recently made the news for a series of hacks that took place last month. High-profile accounts, including Apple’s, were hijacked and used in a bitcoin scam. A 17-year-old hacker has been arrested for the attacks.

You can download Twitter’s iOS app for free from the App Store. The app update with this latest feature is version 8.30.

Source: The Verge