After testing last month, Twitter is rolling out a feature to all web users that will let them remove followers without blocking them. This security feature can be helpful if you want to avoid the consequences of blocking someone – if a blocked user navigates to your profile after you’ve been blocked, Twitter will tell them they were blocked Was. But by deleting a follower, users can feel more secure about who sees their tweets without blocking them entirely.
Sure, the blocked user can see that they don’t follow you anymore, but who knows! Maybe they clicked the unfollow button on accident! There’s some plausible denial that a hard block doesn’t offer.
For years, Twitter users created this “soft block” by rapidly blocking and unblocking a follower, which removes them from your follower list. But now, Twitter is making it its own feature.
In Tweet Regarding the test, posted by Twitter in September, the images indicated that you’ll need to manually scroll through your followers list and find the person you want to remove before you can add them to your followers list. to remove from But now, you can also remove a follower by going to their profile, clicking the three-dot icon, and selecting the “Remove this follower” option. Especially for popular Twitter users, this makes the feature all the more useful.
Unrelated to removing followers, Twitter also announced testing of a feature that would allow users to swipe between two different feeds on their timeline: one that’s sorted by Twitter’s algorithms, and one that’s sorted by Twitter’s algorithms. is chronological.
Twitter already lets users switch between these two feeds, but the test comes at a time when content algorithms are in focus. When Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the Senate last week, she said she believed that chronologically ranking content could help limit the spread of toxicity, misinformation and violent content on Facebook , which uses an algorithm that promotes content that is more likely to respond. Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has done it before voiced support For users’ ability to choose from several algorithms to organize the content they view.
Twitter has been testing and implementing several new features lately. Not all Twitter testing becomes a permanent fixture, but it used to be a good indication of where the company’s interests lie. But recently, Twitter explained that its strategy will involve far more experiments than previously thought. That means it’s more willing to shut down projects and features that don’t work — something it’s already done with its Stories feature, called Fleets.
“You won’t see us tied to things that aren’t working,” Kevon Becpour, Twitter head of consumer product, said last month. Announcing another big round of new additions. “We believe that if we’re not calling things off from time to time, we’re not betting big enough,” he said.