Twitter says it will test run a new feature that would allow users to either choose those who can comment on their posts or block all replies altogether.

The microblogging platform bared details of the test run during a recently held presentation at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

The new feature was first reported by The Verge, which listened to Suzanne Xie, Twitters director of product management, speak at the event.

“We’re really excited about this, because not only does it help people feel … more comfortable as a … community, but also [because it] allows us to create a whole new format of conversation,” she said.

The feature, which follows on the heels of the microblogging platform’s policy on adult content, comes amid heated pressure on the social media company to clamp down on cyber-bullying.

“We want to help people feel safe participating in the conversation on Twitter,” the social media service was quoted to have said during the presentation.

In the wake of the heated pressure from governments and users alike, YouTube had previously said it would disallow contents that “maliciously insult someone” on the basis of sex, gender, or race.

Twitter had also introduced a feature that allows content creators to hide certain replies to their tweets ⁠— months after its CEO vowed to better the “health” of public conversations.

Within the same year, the microblogging giant had announced that it would delete inactive accounts on its platform to free up usernames if their owners don’t log in before December 11.

The move, Twitter said, came because inactive users would be unable to agree to its updated privacy policies.



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