Twitter to let users ‘turn off retweets’ for accounts users don’t like


Twitter has been rolling out a slew of updates and now, the platform would allow users to turn off the functionality that lets them see retweets from other users or accounts. However, at the same time, they would keep seeing the tweets from the accounts they have liked, as per an announcement made by the micro-blogging site. 

“If you like an account’s Tweets, but would rather not see their Retweets, you can turn them off,” Twitter Support posted on Tuesday.

“Head over to the profile, tap the ‘∙∙∙’ icon, and then ‘Turn off Retweets’.”

Essentially, what this functionality would allow is that users will be able to get rid of unwanted retweet clutter that keeps flooding their Twitter timeline.

In another development, Twitter India announced that this new verification policy will be implemented from January 20 and that the company will also begin to automatically remove the verified badge from inactive and incomplete accounts. As per this policy, Twitter may also remove verification from accounts which are found to be in severe or repeated violation of its rules.

“We will continue to evaluate such accounts on a case-by-case basis, and will make improvements in 2021 on the relationship between enforcement of our rules and verification,” Twitter India said in a blog post.

Ahead of the 2020 US election, Twitter began showing a warning where if you tried to retweet a tweet that had been marked as potentially misleading. However, this experiment will now end but the company hopes that this change would remind users to be more thoughtful and vigilant about what they want to share. 

“The use of Quote Tweets increased, but 45 percent of them included single-word affirmations and 70 percent had less than 25 characters,” Twitter said in a blog post. 

“The increase in Quote Tweets was also offset by an overall 20 percent decrease in sharing through both Retweets and Quote Tweets,” they further added.

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