Twitter now lets you choose who can reply to a tweet after posting it

Twitter continues to add functions, although the one to “edit tweet”, perhaps the most anticipated, has not yet arrived: now you can choose which accounts can reply to posts after posting a tweet.

The social network founded by Jack Dorsey has allowed users to select which people since August last year can respond to conversations that started on the platform. This option could originally be chosen when writing tweets.

Now, the official Twitter security account announced that the configuration of which accounts can reply to a tweet can now be changed after the content is posted.

Access to this new configuration is possible by clicking on the three-dot options icon next to each tweet, with the option “change who can answer“.

As was the case since last year, users can choose between three options: everyone (the default setting), only the people you follow, or only the people you mention.

The tweets for which the last two options are chosen are labeled and the reply icon is grayed out for those who cannot reply. People who can’t reply yes they can watch, retweet, retweet with Comment, share and “like”.

These configuration possibilities prevented, during the function tests, an average of three potentially abusive responses, while only a retweet with potentially abusive comment was added.

Also, controversy over racism

Messages of support to Marcus Rushford, the English footballer who suffered racial discrimination after missing a penalty. AP Photo

Twitter is going through, along with other social networks, a very strong controversy over racist messages. It happens that after England’s defeat in the European Championship against Italy, many users fired racially insulting comments directed at members of the England team.

In this context, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, warned social networks on Wednesday that they can face large fines, of up to 10% of their global turnover, if they don’t remove hate and racism from their platforms.

The weekly session of questions to the prime minister in the House of Commons was marked today by the controversy over the racist insults of some players after England lost on Sunday in the Eurocup final against Italy in the stadium from Wembley (London).

The head of the Conservative Government thanked all the English players for an “incredible campaign” in the Eurocup and stressed that they “represent the best” of England, but warned that the Executive will take “practical measures” to tackle racism.

“Last night I met with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram, and I made it clear to them that we are going to legislate to address this issue in the bill,” Johnson added.

Boris Johnson, concerned about hate speech on networks.  Photo EFE

Boris Johnson, concerned about hate speech on networks. Photo EFE

The prime minister did not reveal when the so-called law on Damages in the Network will be presented in Parliament, which will start the summer recess on the 22nd.

“Unless they remove hate and racism from their platforms, they face fines equal to 10% of their global revenue. We all know they have the technology to do it,” Johnson said.

Following England’s defeat on penalties in Sunday’s Eurocup final, English players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were the targets of racist insults on social media for failing on penalties.

The prime minister also warned that anyone found guilty of racist insults against players through the network will be prohibited from entering the games.

“I repeat that I totally condemn and abhor the expressions of racism that we saw on Sunday night, so what we are doing today is taking practical steps, “he insisted.

On Monday, player Tyrone Mings accused British Home Secretary Priti Patel of pretending to be disgusted by the racist abuses suffered by some members of the English team, after she criticized the gesture of kneeling before a match as an anti-racist signal. .

The Interior Minister said she felt “disgust” for those insults, but in the past he described as “political posture” the gesture that players make of kneeling before a game and that the England team maintained during the European Championship.