Twitter will finally let you get kicked out of this story.
The company announced Thursday that it is testing a new way for users to opt out of conversations they don’t want to be a part of. The company calls this “unmentioned” and while it’s just a test for now, it’s one that many Twitter users tired of years of harassment would be happy to take.
Anyone with the test feature can select the three-dot menu next to a response to display a prompt offering to “get you out of this conversation” (finally deliverance!). The pop-up explains that leaving the conversation will unpin you in replies, although your username will still appear.
The company declined to say how many users would see the trial feature, but described the test as comprehensive but “small”. For now, it’s restricted to web only, so no one in the test will argue on mobile just yet.
When a user doesn’t mention themselves, their Twitter ID turns grey, indicating to other users that they’ve ducked out of the conversation and can’t be put back into the thread. Not mentioning will also disable notifications, leaving you blissfully unaware of hateful or unwanted things people are sending you.
In September, Twitter began testing an anti-abuse feature called Safe Mode – a setting that users facing harassment can turn on to help filter out large-scale abuse. In safety mode, Twitter analyzes interactions and algorithmically blocks accounts that send you abuse, saving victims the trouble of spending hours sifting through hateful replies and blocking accounts by hand. The platform extended the test in February and continues to gather feedback on the system it designed to filter out large-scale online abuse.
After a long period of inaction, the social network has recently developed anti-abuse features, offering users new tools such as the ability to designate who can reply to a tweet (all Twitter, the users they follow or only the accounts they mention). And even outside of anti-harassment tools, Twitter leans heavily toward more flexibility and power for users — even the power to remove old tweets from the websites they appeared on.