Twitter announced today that it implements the Unmention feature for all users on all devices. A new feature that Twitter originally launched testing in April allows users to remove themselves from conversations they don’t want to participate in.
“Sometimes you want to see yourself,” the social media giant said in tweet. “Take control of your mentions and leave the conversation with Unmentioning, now available to everyone on all devices.”
All users can now select the three-dot menu next to a tweet to bring up a tooltip with the suggestion “save you from this conversation”. The pop-up window explains that leaving the conversation will remove your flag from the replies, although your username will still be displayed. When you de-tagging yourself from a Tweet, your Twitter handle turns grey, which will indicate to others that you have abandoned the conversation and cannot be tagged in the thread again. Removing mention of yourself will also turn off notifications.
Twitter announced the unmention feature last year. shared an early concept design. At the time, the company expressed a desire to help users “control unwanted attention.”
The official launch of this feature came when the social network built anti-abuse features into its platform. In September last year, Twitter began testing an anti-abuse feature called safe mode, which allows users who experience harassment to filter out insults. In safe mode, Twitter analyzes the interaction and algorithmically blocks accounts that send insults. Company extended safe mode test in February.
Another Twitter abuse protection feature gives users the ability to assign who can reply to a tweet. Options include all of Twitter, people you follow, or just the accounts you mention. Twitter has also generally leaned towards giving users more flexibility and options, including the ability to remove old tweets from websites they appeared on.
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