Twitter is preparing to test new privacy features that will give users more control over their following lists and who can see their tweets and likes. The social media company confirmed to Mashable that it will begin testing a number of new privacy features early next week. A variety of changes have the potential to change fundamental aspects of having a Twitter account – at least for now.
A Twitter spokesperson said, “We understand that there is no one size fits all approach to privacy, so we are looking to roll out more features and tools to enable individuals on Twitter to personalize their experience.” are keen.”
According to a Twitter representative, the new capabilities are comprehensive and resolve long-standing complaints about the network. Importantly, not all of them are likely to be adopted by Twitter. Still, they show that the firm is at least aware that more needs to be done when it comes to consumer privacy (such as encrypting direct messages end-to-end).
To start with, one of the teased features is the ability to automatically hide old tweets after a certain period of time has passed. It’s not the same as deleting tweets automatically, but it’s a start. Another possible feature is the power to remove specific followers (which users now do by blocking a follower’s account and then unblocking immediately). Yet another opportunity is to make your likes visible to only a certain subset of users – your followers, everyone, or other as yet undefined groups.