twitter, new feature, soft block

(Photo : Pixabay/PhotoMIX-Company) Twitter app

Twitter is now rolling out a feature for all of its users that will allow them to remove followers without blocking them entirely. The platform has tested this feature for months.

Twitter's Soft Block Feature

The new safety feature can be very helpful if you wish to avoid the consequences of blocking someone, according to TechCrunch.

Traditionally, if a blocked user checks your profile after you've blocked them, Twitter will let them know that you've blocked them.

However, by removing a follower, users can feel more secure about who sees their tweets without notifying others that they are blocked.

The blocked user might notice that they no longer follow you, but it is a lot better than them seeing that you've restricted them from following you and seeing your contents, The Verge reported.

Twitter is focusing on security, especially after it was the target of a hack in 2020.

Working on Soft Bloc Feature

For years, the social media platform users had created the "soft block" by swiftly blocking and unblocking a follower, which removes them from the follower list. But now, Twitter is making its own feature, according to CNET.

In the tweet about the trail that the platform posted in September, the images show that you have to manually scroll through your follower list and find the user that you wish to remove before you can even take them off your list.

Now, you can also remove a follower by going to their Twitter profile, clicking the three-dot icon, and choosing the "Remove this follower" option. For popular Twitter users with thousands of followers, the feature is useful.

Unrelated to removals of followers, the platform also announced that it is testing a feature that would let you swipe on your timeline between two different news feeds. The first one is sorted by Twitter's algorithm, while the other one is in chronological order.

Twitter already lets its users switch between two feeds, but the test comes when algorithms are scrutinized.

When Frances Haugen, Facebook's whistleblower, testified before Congress last week, she claimed that the ranking content chronologically could help limit the spread of misinformation, toxicity, and violent content on the platform.

Haugen said that Facebook uses an algorithm that promotes content that is more likely to cause a reaction.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder, has previously voiced his support for the user's ability to choose from numerous algorithms so they can personally organize the content that they see online.

Twitter has been testing numerous new features in the past few months. Not everything that the platform tested becomes a permanent fixture, but it indicates where the social media company's interests stand.

More recently, Twitter stated that its strategy would include more experimentation compared to the past. That means that it is more ready to shut down features and projects that do not work. This is proven after Twitter has shut down Fleets.

Twitter's Head of Consumer Product, Kayvon Beykpour, said that the platform refuses to tie itself on not working things. They believe that if they are not winding things down, then they are not taking big bets.

Written by Sophie Webster

Internet Explorer Channel Network



Twitter avoids revenue hit from Apple privacy changes

Twitter Inc reported its quarterly revenue grew 37% and avoided the brunt of Apple Inc privacy changes on advertising that hobbled its rivals, sending its shares up 3%.The social networking site has been working to add new features such as audio chat rooms to attract users, and also rolled out…

Read more: Twitter avoids revenue hit from Apple privacy changes

Twitter downvote feature may come to web as well

Twitter is reportedly working to expand the downvote feature to more users. According to the known tech blogger, Jane Manchun Wong, the company is working on a downvote button for the web after testing it for iOS. The blogger even shared a screenshot showing the new button on the web.The…

Read more: Twitter downvote feature may come to web as well

Twitter acquires group chat app Sphere

In a bid to strengthen its Communities, micro-blogging site Twitter has acquired a chat app called Sphere, which was co-founded by British serial entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio.Incorporated in 2016, Sphere started out as a real-time question and answer app that involved micropayments before it pivoted to become more of a group…

Read more: Twitter acquires group chat app Sphere

Twitter lifts Space hosting restrictions

You no longer need a specific number of followers to create Spaces. Launched late last year, Twitter’s take on live audio chat rooms, Spaces is now rolling out to everyone on iOS and Android. One more mic check…the option to host a Space is now rolling out to everyone on…

Read more: Twitter lifts Space hosting restrictions

Donald Trump to float social media platform TRUTH next year

Trump was suspended from Twitter and Facebook Former US President Donald Trump plans to launch a social media platform called, Truth Social, early next year. A  statement from Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) has made the announcement. The social network is available for pre-order on Apple’s App Store and a Beta launch…

Read more: Donald Trump to float social media platform TRUTH next year

Google faces a fine of up to 20% of Russian revenue this month

Russia said it would this month seek to fine U.S. tech giant Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete content deemed illegal, Moscow’s strongest effort yet to rein in foreign tech firms.Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Google had failed to pay 32.5 million roubles ($458,100)…

Read more: Google faces a fine of up to 20% of Russian revenue this month

Zomato apologises for employee's ‘Hindi is national language' comment after Twitter storm

Food delivery company Zomato landed in a hot soup after its employee told a customer that Hindi is the “national language” and everyone should know it. The claim is not only incorrect, but it also caused a storm on Twitter with #RejectZomato trending after users slamming the company for the imposition…

Read more: Zomato apologises for employee's ‘Hindi is national language' comment after Twitter storm

Twitter pulls the plug on feature that warned users before heated discussions

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that it will roll out a feature that will warn users if the discussion was likely to heat up or get intense. The move was announced as a part of the company’s ‘conversational health’ initiative. The new feature was released for iOS and Android platforms…

Read more: Twitter pulls the plug on feature that warned users before heated discussions

Twitter finally allows you to soft block annoying followers

Twitter to test placing ads in replies, seeks to double annual revenue by 2023

Clubhouse Music Mode Launches, But What Is It and How to Use It?

Twitter's Spaces Spark Program will pay creators to broadcast live audio

Twitter tests ads in the replies to tweets

YouTube's misinformation policies led to fewer misleading videos on Facebook and Twitter

January 6th Capitol attack investigators demand records from tech giants

OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Edition teased, may launch soon