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Twitter(X) set to remove ‘block’ feature from platform

Elon Musk, owner of social media platform X formerly Twitter has announced plans to remove the block feature from the service. The ‘block’ feature enables a user to stop other accounts from seeing or interacting with their tweet and account in general.

In a post shared on the platform today (Friday), the billionaire said the feature made “no sense” and will soon be unavailable for users.

According to him, “Block is going to be deleted as a “feature”, except for DMs,” he tweeted.

Reacting to Musk’s post, a Twitter user, @xdaily, explained, “Removing Blocking altogether is going too far. While it can be used for purposes such as cutting off people who disagree with you politically, it has an important role to combat harassment, trolls, and spam which are a significant problem for many users on the platform.”

The Space X boss responded by assuring that users could still utilise the mute feature and also block other accounts from sending their direct messages.

“You will still be able to mute accounts and block users for DM,” he said.

”Musk has been implementing several changes on Twitter, ever since he acquired the microblogging platform in 2022.

Shortly after taking over, he slashed the global workforce of the platform by half. Twitter also started charging users for using the verification tick earlier this year.

Most recently, he rebranded the company’s name to “X”. According to him, the move was to set the platform on the course for becoming “the everything app”.

Techrectory with AFP

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