Twitter users can now choose who can reply to their posts, which could change the nature of conversations

The social network Twitter announced that as of this Tuesday all its users have the ability to choose who can reply to their posts, a measure that could change the nature of conversations on the platform if its use is extended.

From now on, before an Internet user publishes a message, the social network will offer three options: that everyone can respond as they have been up to now; that only those who the user follows on Twitter can respond; or that only those to whom directly mention.

If an Internet user does not have permission to reply to a tweet, this option will appear blocked and grayed out, although they will be able to see that message, retweet it and give a “Like”.

As explained in an entry on the official blog of the company by the director of product management of Twitter, Suzanne Xie, the objective is that people feel “comfortable” in the social network and can maintain “meaningful conversations that were not possible before ”.

The measure is relevant because it fully affects the nature of Twitter, a forum in which until now everyone could offer their opinion publicly about what others were saying, something that since the signing they assured that it will continue to be possible if it is retweeted the message in question and a comment is added to it.

One of the aspects that the new option offered by Twitter will pose the most doubts is that it affects all users, which includes public figures and political officials, who will now also be able to decide who responds to their messages.

This same Tuesday, the main competitor of Twitter, Facebook, announced that between April and June it eliminated more than double the content considered hateful than in the previous quarter, coinciding with the start of the advertising boycott against the company instigated precisely by this issue.

In the past quarter, Facebook eliminated 22.5 million hate messages against different human groups worldwide, compared to the 9.6 million it eliminated between January and March, an increase that was attributed to the expansion of its automation technology to Spanish languages , Arabic and Indonesian, as well as improved English tools.

With information from .