The feature is meant to prevent unwanted replies.Karissa BellK. Bell|07.11.22
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Everyone will be able to use the conversation leaving feature. All users will be able to use the service's "unmention" feature.

"Unmention" is the ability to leave a conversation on the platform. It unlinks the user's handle from the thread so they won't be tagged in the future and others won't be able to reply to them from the same thread It won't prevent others from jumping into the conversation, but it will at least protect the person's reply and notifications.

The feature has been in the works for a long time. The idea was teased last summer as a way to prevent the kind of attention that can lead to harassment. The test was limited to a small group of people on the internet. The update will allow anyone to remove themselves from a thread regardless of whether they are on the website or the app.

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.

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 11, 2022

The update gives users more ways to control how people interact with them, particularly at times when they may be more vulnerable to harassment. The service is testing a "safety mode" which will block problematic accounts.

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