Twitter tests that let you ‘unmention’ yourself in tweet threads

Twitter is experiment with a new security feature that allows you to block other users from “@mentioning” your Twitter handle in a tweet thread.

The “unmentioning” feature is rolling out to a small number of users on the web-based version of Twitter. The social media platform described it as “a way to help you protect your peace and remove yourself from conversations.”

The experimental feature can be accessed from the three-dot menu on the tweet that mentions your account. A drop-down menu will then show the option ‘Leave this conversation’.

If you choose to leave the conversation, a pop-up message will appear explaining that your username will persist, “but it will no longer be tagged from the original tweet and all replies.” It also means that your particular Twitter handle cannot be mentioned in the conversation again, although users can still continue with the tweet thread.

Twitter demonstrated an example of how this untagging works with a GIF, where the @ user handle in the conversation changes from blue to a regular black and white font.

“You will no longer receive notifications, but can still see the conversation,” the pop-up adds. However, a support page notes users currently cannot undo a conversation they have left.

The feature promises to be helpful in the event that random strangers harass you by constantly @ mentioning your account in their tweets. Currently you can only “stupid‘ a conversation or certain keywords, ‘mute’ a specific user, block the user or calibrate your notifications to mute the noise.

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In 2020, Twitter introduced a similar feature called “conversational setting” that allows you to block haters from responding to your own tweets. When you tweet now, you can make sure everyone can comment, just people you follow or just specific people you mention.

But not everyone was a fan of the feature. “Imagine if someone could post a fake news article and disable the ability to check the answers. This will only further divide people into echo chambers,” wrote one Twitter user at a time.

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