In a surprising tech twist, Twitter announces that it is testing new ways to limit online abuse and will allow users to control who can reply to their tweets.
Kayvon Beykpour, VP of product at Twitter revealed the plan at a conference in Las Vegas saying that, “the primary motivation is control…We want to build on the theme of authors getting more control, ” reports TechCrunch.
Twitter will be experimenting with different options on who can reply and how much control to give the author of a tweet.
The most private option would prevent anyone from replying to a tweet and users can select who they want to reply to their tweet. Other options include in limiting replies to people mentioned in the tweet or followers only.
It is unclear when this option will be released.
Many Pakistani journalists, especially female anchors, have complained about on-going abuse on Twitter.
Watch what anchor Gharidah Faruqi had to say when asked about being heavily trolled online in this The Current Life interview.