X Introduces New Feature on Twitter, Enabling Users to Block Replies from Unverified Accounts

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Formerly Twitter, Now ‘X,’ Unveils Feature Enabling Users to Restrict Post Replies to Verified Accounts, Expanding Reply Control Options

A few weeks ago, it was reported that X, formerly known as Twitter, had plans to enhance user control over their posts and interactions. The platform was said to be considering the addition of new settings aimed at allowing users to restrict who can reply to their posts. Now, this new feature is officially live. On Twitter, users can now choose to permit comments solely from verified accounts, effectively blocking replies from unverified accounts. Until now, Twitter users had options to limit replies to ‘Everyone,’ ‘People you follow,’ or ‘Only people you mention.’ However, the platform has introduced a new option that allows users to restrict replies to verified users. This new feature is accessible through the ‘Who can reply?’ settings for posts.

This development aligns with Elon Musk’s vision of transforming X into an “everything app” focused on audio, video, messaging, payments/banking, and a global marketplace for ideas, goods, services, and opportunities, following his acquisition of Twitter in October last year. Musk has expressed concerns about bias in Twitter’s algorithm and has been implementing significant changes, including rebranding it as X and introducing a paid verification system that grants verified blue ticks only to users who pay.

The new feature on Twitter that enables users to limit replies to verified accounts is also intended to make the verified Twitter plan more enticing to users. In India, the verification label costs Rs 719 per month. Notably, X’s Premium subscription charges more for Android and iOS users seeking verification. X Premium subscribers gain access to various other features in addition to the blue tick, including post editing, longer posts, post undoing, and longer videos.

Meanwhile, with the implementation of this new setting, Elon Musk appears to be placing restrictions on unverified accounts’ ability to express themselves. This could potentially make it more challenging for those who do not subscribe to the service to counter misinformation, which researchers have reported as a growing problem.

A debate is ongoing on the platform itself regarding whether limiting replies to verified accounts on Twitter will reduce harassment, trolling, and the spread of misinformation. Some argue that it will, while others contend that it might facilitate misleading accounts in spreading misinformation and disinformation, as they could simply purchase a paid subscription for a blue tick.

Twitter has stated that it is actively working on addressing this issue by developing new methods for verifying accounts and making it easier for users to identify misleading accounts. However, there are concerns that the new feature, which restricts unverified users in some manner, might inadvertently exacerbate the problem.

Additionally, Twitter is reportedly planning to offer X premium subscribers the option to remove ads. Researcher Aaron, who analyzed the X app’s code, has uncovered three new X Premium tiers: Basic, Standard, and Plus. According to his findings, Basic Premium users will continue to see full ads on the platform, while Standard users will see half the number of ads. Premium Plus subscribers will enjoy an ad-free experience.

It’s worth noting that there has been no official confirmation from X regarding these premium subscription tiers, so we will need to wait to see what other new developments are in store for X

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