Twitter Rolls Out Ability to Change Who Can Reply to Your Tweet After It's Posted

Twitter users will soon be able to change who can reply to their tweets after they've posted them, the company has announced.

twitter who can reply
Limiting who could reply to a tweet was already an option, thanks to a feature rolled out last year, but users had to choose who could reply before posting the tweet. Now they can make that decision after the post has gone live.

Changing the reply options on a posted tweet is simple enough. Tap the ellipsis (thee dots) menu in the top-right corner of a tweet and select "Change who can reply" from the dropdown.

A "Who can reply?" Card will appear, from which you can choose one of the three same options that are available when composing a tweet: "Everyone," "People you follow," and "Only people you mention."


The new option gives users more control over who can interact with their posts, which aims to reduce harassment on the social media platform, although it's not hard to see how it could have the unintended effect of restricting constructive debate and amplifying someone's online "echo chamber." The feature is currently rolling out worldwide on iOS, Android, and the web.

Twitter has recently been previewing a lot more feature ideas before it commits to bringing them to the platform so that it can garner feedback on them. For example, earlier this month it said it was considering letting users post select tweets for "Trusted Friends" only, an idea similar to Instagram's "Close Friends" feature, which lets users share personal Stories more privately.

Tag: Twitter

Top Rated Comments

Minxy Avatar
15 weeks ago
What happens to a reply that's up but doesn't fall under the new allowed group category.
This isn't the solution to harassment, it really is just going to make Twitter a worst haven for people who want to surround themselves with the same opinion. Echo chamber indeed.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarpalMac Avatar
15 weeks ago

What happens to a reply that's up but doesn't fall under the new allowed group category.
This isn't the solution to harassment, it really is just going to make Twitter a worst haven for people who want to surround themselves with the same opinion. Echo chamber indeed.
Came here to post this ^^^

Basically a great way of controlling a narrative.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
happygodavid Avatar
15 weeks ago
After all the misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and vitriol I've seen on Twitter, especially in the last year, I really hope this feature doesn't come to fruition. People, especially malicious ones, need to be fact-checked on their public proclamations of "truth." "Giving control" to users is a misnomer; all this does is silence reason and critique, further dividing people into tribalism and self-indulgent confirmation bias.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HacKage Avatar
15 weeks ago

And yet still no edit button after a tweet has been posted.
An edit button is completely impractical. If you have made a mistake, then you should delete and retweet. Picture the following scenario with an edit button:

I tweet "Like and retweet this picture of a cat for good luck" or something as mundane as that. I then edit that tweet a few weeks later to say "Like and retweet this picture...." and I have edited the tweet to show animal torture or changed the message to be that you support pedophilia. You could then have hundreds of thousands of people who had posted that on their own timeline, and possibly don't know about it as it's weeks later.

The only way an edit button would work is if a tweet is edited, it then removes all comments or likes up until that point, as the person who liked or commented on the post did so based on it's original content. At this point, you would have been as well deleting the original tweet and tweeting it correctly.

There is an argument that Facebook allows an edit function, and a edit history. This differs from Twitter though where I can see all the posts a user has liked or retweeted. Many employers check social media of job applicants, it is completely unreasonable to expected everyone to have to continually check their previous likes and retweets incase someone has decided to edit them.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nikaru Avatar
15 weeks ago
I would rather prefer having a soccer team kicking me between the legs, than entering again in Twitter.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cleartz Avatar
15 weeks ago
And yet still no edit button after a tweet has been posted.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

twitter instagram

Twitter Makes It Easier to Share Tweets to Instagram Stories

Wednesday June 23, 2021 3:35 am PDT by
Twitter on iOS now enables users to easily share tweets directly to Instagram through a Story, rather than having to screenshot and post tweets onto the platform. A new "Instagram Stories" option will appear for iOS users within the Twitter share sheet for a specific tweet. By pressing it, users are redirected to Instagram Stories with an unclickable sticker of that specific tweet. While the ...
trustedfriends full

Twitter Considers Letting Users Tweet to 'Trusted Friends'

Friday July 2, 2021 1:59 am PDT by
Twitter is considering letting users post select tweets for "Trusted Friends" only. That's the name of a feature the social media platform is testing that would allow users to limit the audience for specific content to a smaller circle of people. Based on design concepts shared by the company (via TechCrunch), Trusted Friends could be a toggle that lets you indicate whether a tweet should be ...
Twitter Feature

Twitter Testing Internal 'Dislike' Button for Tweet Replies

Wednesday July 21, 2021 11:58 am PDT by
Twitter appears to be testing a new "dislike" or thumbs down button for tweets, which is designed to let people downvote replies. Twitter says that the feature is available for "some" iOS users. The dislike button is visible to the person who is viewing tweets, but it is not a publicly available metric or visible to the author of the tweet. The thumbs down option will allow a tweet reply to ...
twitter unmention

Twitter May Let You 'Unmention' Yourself in Tweets and Prevent People Tagging You in Future Replies

Wednesday June 16, 2021 2:26 am PDT by
Twitter is considering offering users the ability to "unmention" themselves in other people's tweets as part of a wider privacy drive for the social media platform. The early concept has been shared by Twitter designed Dominic Camozzi, who says the idea behind it is to help users control unwanted attention. An example image shows a notification when the user has been mentioned in a tweet, ...
Twitter Feature

Twitter's 'Blue' Subscription Service May Cost $2.99, Will Offer Undo Tweet Option

Saturday May 15, 2021 11:08 am PDT by
Twitter has been working on some kind of subscription service since last summer, and Jane Manchun Wong, who often digs into new features coming in apps, has shared details on just what Twitter is exploring. Twitter's subscription service could be called Twitter Blue, and at the current time, it's priced at $2.99 per month. There will be a "Collections" section that allows users to save and...
twitter edge to edge layout

Twitter Testing New Edge-to-Edge Timeline Layout for Photos, Surveys Users on Ability to Edit Tweets

Friday July 16, 2021 2:05 am PDT by
Twitter is testing a new timeline layout in which photos are stretched to the edge of the display with no horizontal margins, mimicking the design layout of popular photo and video sharing apps, such as Instagram. The new layout was shared by Jane Manchun Wong on Twitter, who often uncovers what features and changes Twitter is working on behind the scenes. The change is still in testing, but ...
Twitter Feature

Twitter Reportedly Working on 'Undo Send' Feature for Tweets

Friday March 5, 2021 2:27 am PST by
Twitter is actively exploring the possibility of bringing a rumored "Undo Send" feature to the social media platform, if a newly unearthed animation is anything to go by. Serial app de-coder Jane Wong discovered the feature animation, which adds a new "Undo" button to the usual dialog that confirms a tweet has been sent. The Undo button has a long oblong shape, which allows it to also...
twitter edge to edge

Twitter Tests Edge-to-Edge Images and Video on iOS

Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:55 am PDT by
Twitter is testing "edge-to-edge" tweets that span the width of the timeline in its official iOS app, a move that would make viewing photos and videos a more full-screen experience. As Twitter's demonstration shows, the change brings an Instagram-style look to tweeted media, making use of the dead space on either side of pictures, videos, and GIFs. Twitter told The Verge that it's...
Twitter Feature

Twitter's Privacy Feature Plans Include Option to Hide Your Old Tweets

Friday September 3, 2021 1:17 am PDT by
Twitter is planning new privacy-related features that provide users with greater control over follower lists and who can see their posts and likes, reports Bloomberg. The plans are said to include an option to archive old tweets so that other users can't see them after a set period of time designated by the account holder (such as 30, 60, or 90 days, or a whole year), as well as the ability...
twitter safety mode

Twitter Debuts New 'Safety Mode' for Automatically Blocking Unwanted Replies

Wednesday September 1, 2021 9:50 am PDT by
Twitter today announced that it is testing a new feature called Safety Mode, which is designed to cut down on harassment and unwelcome interactions on the social network. Users who often get unwanted, spammy, or abusive replies to their tweets can turn on Safety Mode, which will autoblock accounts that use harmful language like insults, or send repetitive, uninvited replies and mentions....