Detoxing the Social Media Block

Human beings are, by far, the smartest species to ever walk the earth, but it hasn’t really kept them from committing mistakes every now and then. This dynamic has popped up on the surface quite a few times throughout our history, with each of the said appearances practically forcing us to look for a defensive cover. We will, however, solve our conundrum in the most fitting way possible, and we’ll do so by bringing dedicated regulatory bodies into the fold. Having a well-defined authority across every area was a game-changer, as it wasted no time in giving us a safety cushion against our many shortcomings. Now, the stated development surely introduced the world to a reality that we couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams, but at the same time, it was all pretty short-lived. Talk about what caused this sudden death, technology has to be the ultimate culprit here. You see, the moment technology got its layered nature to take over the scene, it allowed everyone an unprecedented chance to fulfil their ulterior motives at the expense of others’ well-being. In case it didn’t sound bad enough, the whole runner soon began to materialize on such a massive scale that our governing forces were left overwhelmed, and consequentially, neutralized. After staying in the wilderness for a long time, though, it seems like the regulatory contingent is ready to make a meaningful comeback. This has, in fact, turned more and more apparent over the recent past, and Twitter’s latest move might just end up doubling down on it.

According to the app engineer, Jane Manchun Wong is working on a special feature, which will allow users to have more control over who can mention them in tweets. Going by Wong’s word, the feature will let users limit their mentions to just the people they follow or you can also turn off these mentions altogether. Although there is no official confirmation from Twitter yet, the move makes a ton of sense in the environment of today where stuff like cyberbullying and harassment has become rampant. The sheer intensity and scale of it has even rendered options like blocking or muting insufficient, and that is why social media companies are left with no option but to conjure up a brand new moderation program. An example of the same is visible in Twitter’s own efforts around the stated area. For instance, two years ago, the micro-blogging platform had launched a feature for users to limit replies to their tweets. More recently in 2022, Twitter also unveiled its Unmentioning feature, which was designed to help users in removing their name from another user’s tweet. This new option will do one better by keeping your account from getting mentioned in the first place.

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