Twitter is back with a new feature to give users more complete control over their accounts. Called “unmention”, this new feature will allow users to delete their account names written on or tagged by other users in a tweet they may not want.
Twitter itself describes this unmention feature as the ability to leave unwanted conversations on the platform. Where when used, this feature will make users completely ‘free’ from a tweet or thread.
“Sometimes you want to see yourself out. Take control of mentions and leave conversations with unmentions, which are now rolling out to everyone on all devices,” Twitter wrote in its announcement, (11/7).
It’s not just deleting, so other users won’t be able to reply to the tweet either. It also includes no longer being able to tag user accounts that take advantage of the unmention feature, in subsequent tweets in the same thread.
But Twitter ensures that the purpose of this feature is only to protect replies and notifications from users who take advantage of it. This will not prevent others from continuing the conversation on an existing thread.
In an explanatory video shared by Twitter, the unmention feature will appear in the three-dot section at the top left of the tweet containing the user’s name.
It comes with other features such as mute, follow, report, and block, users simply select the leave this conversation writing to activate this unmention feature.
After that, Twitter will display a pop up page explaining that by activating this feature the user will no longer be able to be tagged, mentioned and get notifications from the tweet or threat.
If you agree, once again the user just has to select or press the ‘leave this conversation’ button. Or choose ‘never mind’ I’ll stay’, if it turns out they don’t want to leave the theta conversation.
Before finally being widely rolled out to all users, this unmention feature has actually been developed by Twitter for about a year since last summer (June-July).
At the time, they said the feature was meant to prevent the kind of “unwanted attention” that can often lead to harassment.
Before being disseminated at this time, the unmention feature was also tested last April. Although only to a limited number of users who open Twitter via the web.
Regarding full control over user accounts, the presence of this unmention feature can be a complement to the limiting feature, which can set limits on who can reply to user tweets. And also the security mode feature which is still in the testing phase at this time.