Twitter is making its conversation-leaving feature available to all users. The company announced that all Twitter users will now be able to use the service’s “unmention” feature.
The ability to leave an unwanted conversation on Twitter is described as “unmention.” It unlinks the user’s handle from the Twitter thread, so they won’t be tagged in future tweets and others won’t be able to reply to them from the same thread.
Though it will not stop others from joining the conversation, it will at least shield the person’s replies and notifications.
The project has been in the works for over a year. Last summer, Twitter teased the idea, saying it was intended to prevent the kind of “unwanted attention” that can often lead to harassment.
It began testing it in April, but it was limited to a small group of web users only. With the update, anyone, regardless of whether they are using Twitter’s apps or website, will be able to remove themselves from a thread.
Sometimes you want to see yourself out.
Take control of your mentions and leave a conversation with Unmentioning, now rolling out to everyone on all devices. pic.twitter.com/Be8BlotElX
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 11, 2022
The update is the latest attempt by Twitter to give users more control over how people interact with them, particularly during times when they may be more vulnerable to harassment.
The service has also implemented reply-limitation features and is currently testing a “safety mode” that can automatically block problematic accounts.