Twitter has been under pressure to provide users with more tools to protect their privacy for years, but their proposals have always met with resistance. Twitter is finally taking privacy seriously. So, Twitter Unveils New Plans to Give Users More Privacy. The world seems to be getting more and more privacy conscious and, I think, it’s high time social media caught up. It’s good to know that Twitter is working to give us more control over our privacy settings. There are still a lot of things that they need to do to force themselves back into the good graces of the general public, but this is a step in the right direction.
According to Bloomberg, Twitter wants to offer its users more privacy options. It plans to introduce the possibility to delete individual tweets, not just whole accounts. It will introduce a ‘Self-Erased Content’ tool which will allow users to delete their past tweets from the past 30 days or one year. The company also plans to introduce a ‘Remove Retweets from your timeline’ tool.Another big change is going to be in the form of a ‘Protect your Tweets’ feature. It will allow users to remove followers in a more polite way by unfollowing them instead of barring them from their profiles.
Additionally, they mention prospective options for limiting who can see which tweets you’ve liked, allowing users to withdraw from Twitter conversations, and allowing people to remove followers without simply barring them.
Bloomberg described the new capabilities as a collection of “social privacy” enhancements aimed at increasing people’s comfort level when engaging with Twitter. According to Twitter’s internal research, many users are unaware of whether their accounts are set to public or private – a setting that the company will begin requiring users to evaluate in September. The modifications would obviate the need for workarounds such as soft blocking.
There is no deadline for any of the improvements, and Bloomberg reports that the archive option is in the “idea phase.” However, Twitter is apparently planning to allow users to unfollow discussions by the end of the year and to allow users to unfollow followers (as opposed to soft blocking) starting this month.
The impending adjustments come on the heels of a flurry of other recent Twitter improvements. The firm has been testing revenue tools over the last year, including ticketed audio rooms, which began rolling out last week, and subscription-based “Super Follows,” which launched in the United States yesterday.
As Bloomberg notes, the privacy adjustments mirror some of the most cumbersome workarounds that many users already utilise, such as external services that erase tweets after a specified amount of time. This contrasts with Twitter’s Fleets — an expiring message feature that Twitter discontinued after eight months of inactivity.
The Verge in its article told tha twitter confirmed it and stated in a statement. “At Twitter, privacy is about more than what we do with your data; it’s also about assisting you in feeling secure and in control of how you appear on Twitter,” a spokeperson stated. “We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to privacy, which is why we’re eager to expand the features and tools that enable individuals to tailor their Twitter experience. We’re focusing on social privacy in response to comments from a global research study we performed to better understand people’s views of and demands for privacy around the world; we’ll begin testing some of these features as soon as next week.”