Twitter adds a new feature to its platform, allowing users to remove their subscribers without blocking them. The feature has been being tested on the web since September, but is now rolling out to all users.
Twitter made the official announcement via Twitter Safety Account (Going through). To remove a subscriber from your account, go to your account, tap Subscribers and tap the three-dot icon which gives you the option to remove the subscriber.
The new feature could be widely available in the coming weeks
Before this feature was rolled out, the only way to really stop following someone was to block an account and unblock them later. This is a handy feature to have if you want to organize your subscriber list without blocking someone.
The availability of this feature is somewhat limited at this time. Mobile apps don’t have this feature yet, so you can only delete your followers on the web version of Twitter. Additionally, some users may not see the feature right away, indicating that this is a gradual rollout.
Twitter is currently developing and testing a bunch of new features, including the ability to vote against a particular tweet. However, the company was only testing the negative vote button with a small group of iOS users.
We were treated to a few cool options including a lonely down arrow and thumbs up / down buttons. Something similar exists on platforms like Reddit and YouTube, so we don’t see why it can’t be on Twitter.
Last week, Twitter said it was testing a feature to potentially minimize unhealthy conversations by adding a disclaimer. This disclaimer would appear as a banner reading “Attention” followed by “Conversations like this can be intense”.
It seems like Twitter is relying on user friendliness to heed its advice, which might work. But given that the platform has faced its own issues of misinformation and hostility among users, it is unlikely to have a far-reaching impact. Perhaps this is why the company recognizes that this is a ‘work in progress’ and ‘we might not be successful every time’.
Twitter is currently testing the disclaimer feature on mobile apps, but there is no timeline for its wider rollout.
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