Twitter is testing an official ‘soft block’ feature

twitter is testing an official ‘soft block’ feature

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Twitter has begun testing the first of its proposed suite of new privacy tools: the ability to remove a follower without blocking them. The remove follower feature is currently being tested on the web and seems to canonize the “soft block” concept as an official Twitter tool.

According to the tweet announcing the test, you can remove followers from the follower list on your profile page. You just click the three-dot menu next to a follower’s name, click “Remove follower,” and your tweets will no longer automatically show up in their timeline.

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The remove follower option.

This is different than blocking someone, which keeps them from viewing your tweets and direct messaging you (and keeps you from…

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