On August 11, Twitter has announced that new tweet reply control options are being released to all Twitter users, and will be available on Android, iOS and twitter.com versions.
According to Twitter, these options will give users better control over the conversations they start. This will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. The company said that “everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get in the way of meaningful conversations.”
This is great in all theory, as it lets people tweet without having to worry as much about trolls replying to them. But it does beg the question – is this a a breach on freedom of speech? Excluding people from a conversation could be seen as a negative thing for some people.
We’ll see if early usage trends hold a bigger scale.