You may soon be able to unmention yourself from a tweetVish Gainon April 8, 2022 at 07:20 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Twitter has announced that it is testing a new unmentioning feature that allows users to remove themselves from unwanted conversations they’ve been tagged in.

Available only to some users on the Web version for now, the unmentioning feature aims was announced by Twitter Safety last evening (7 April) as a measure to protect a user’s peace of mind and make the platform a safe space.

The company tweeted a GIF along with the announcement that demonstrates how the feature works. When selected, the ‘leave this conversation’ option removes the blue hyperlink from a user’s name in the tweet and stops notifications – but the text remains.

How do you say “Don’t @ me,” without saying “Don’t @ me”?

We’re experimenting with Unmentioning—a way to help you protect your peace and remove yourself from conversations—available on Web for some of you now. pic.twitter.com/rlo6lqp34H

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 7, 2022

Twitter also announced yesterday that a new accessibility feature it has been trialling to make alt text easier to read is now available to all users globally.

“Over the past month, we fixed bugs and gathered feedback from the limited release group. We’re ready. You’re ready. Let’s describe our images!” the company tweeted.

The company has been doubling down on safety features in recent years based on user feedback. Last September, it started trialling a new Safety Mode feature with a small group of users which was expanded to Ireland in February.

Safety Mode tries to detect when accounts are sending potentially harmful or insulting tweets. When tweets are picked up by this feature, the user’s account will automatically block the offending account for seven days.

Not all Twitter changes have been welcomed warmly, however. Last month, Twitter rolled back its decision to default to an algorithm-based timeline temporarily after receiving pushback from users.

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