Twitter users will soon be able to control who can mention their handle: report

Microblogging platform Twitter is reportedly working on allowing users to control who can mention them in tweets. According to researcher and application engineer Jane Manchun Wong, users will have two settings. They can either choose to allow others to mention them in tweets, except those they have blocked, or only allow their followers to mention their ID. Currently, Twitter users can tag and address any public account by adding “@” along with the username in their tweets and replies.

The upcoming feature will likely bring some sort of privacy to public accounts. As mentioned above, anyone can tag any Twitter account right now. This feature should also reduce online bullying to some extent.

Recently, Twitter asked users not to take screenshots of tweets. Instead, it invited users to share a link to the tweet. First shared by security researcher and reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter displayed a prompt to its user when taking a screenshot of any tweet. ‘Share Tweet instead?’, the notification read with two buttons: Copy Link and Share Tweet. “Twitter is trying to persuade me to share the tweet or copy the link instead of taking a screenshot of the tweet,” Wong wrote in his tweet. The new feature, it seems, is the platform’s effort to improve engagement and bring more users to Twitter. Later, a Twitter official confirmed to The Verge that the prompt is a test with a small group of iOS users. The pop-up is part of an update the company is testing to get more people to use Twitter. The new feature is part of many things Twitter is doing to increase users. In August this year, the microblogging platform announced a test that allows potential new users to test Twitter without creating an account. The test also allows users to share tweets with others, even if they’re not on Twitter.

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