Twitter is testing out a new feature that will enable users to restrict groups of people to reply to individual tweets.

Twitter announces that “It’s hard to have a meaningful conversation because of Unwanted replies”. To counter this Twitter is offering users to select who can contribute to a conversation.

Who Can Reply Settings

There are three settings that the user can select from:

  • Everyone can reply
  • Only people mention by you can reply
  • Only people you are following can reply

Other users will see the tweets with the last two settings, but for them the reply button will be greyed out. Users who are not allowed to reply to a tweet can still be able to retweet, like, and retweet with comment.

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Few Early Examples

Some accounts are already having fun with these new settings. Twitter’s communication team displays how to troll your followers using these settings.

Observe how the reply button is greyed out, which shows replies have been prohibited for the tweet.

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Here is a look at how Twitter’s main app is attracting attention to the new settings with humorous intent.

Here’s SEO humor in the next tweet example for everyone.

Twitter shows you why you are not able to reply to a tweet when clicked on the reply button.

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Why Twitter Do This?

Twitter’s designers explain in a thread about what these new conversation settings are meant for:

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Early Feedback

Considering the early feedback Twitter suggests that users are not really that excited for the settings as Twitter is. Many are of the opinion that how it can be used to spread misinformation.

Early Feedback
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Early Feedback 2
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Early feedback 3
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Still the feature is in testing stages. If early feedback hints to anything it might not stick around for long.


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