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Twitter has revealed that it will soon let users on its platform control conversions with other users. The company is piloting several changes that will shape the platform.

Twitter introducing new reply features

On Wednesday at the CES, the company indicated that it will introduce features that will enable users to define who will reply to their tweets. The change means that when one sends a tweet, they can limit the replies with choices, including Panel, Global, Group, and Statement. In short, this means you can allow replies from only your followers, everyone, those you mention in the tweet, or from no one at all.

Speaking at the CES event, Suzanne Xie, the company’s product management director, revealed that they are currently experimenting on the feature. Xie added that the mockups will be a part of the experiment Twitter plans to unveil in the first quarter. The company plans to use the results to the trials in launching the feature to the rest of the users globally towards the end of the year.

Users to control who replies to their tweets

With the changes, users will be able to rezone Twitter to a podium from a public square. As a result, it will make it challenging to correct misinformation that might be spreading through a siloed tweet. Therefore the change will do away with the “ratio,” a phenomenon whereby users receive orders of magnitude more replies compared to favorites and retweets. On whether limiting replies will lead to misinformation, Xie said one way of going around that could be through quoting of tweets.

This is narrowcasting tweets just like Facebook that has been advocating the use of the private group’s feature. Twitter is trying to offer its users the opportunity of limiting the spread of their posts. The company wants to bring all the details of the conversation on one screen. Xie indicates that the conversation interface they piloted in the “little t” beta app will be coming to the Twitter app.