Micro-blogging site Twitter has started rolling out a new feature, “soft block,” that would allow any user on the web to remove a follower without blocking them.
To soft block a follower, head to your profile, click followers, click the three-dot menu next to a follower, and then click the option “Remove this follower”. The Verge reports that a follower you remove won’t be notified of the change.
This is different than blocking someone, which keeps them from viewing your tweets and direct messaging you (and keeps you from doing the same with them).
Twitter’s new remove follower feature is more of a remote unfollow button, a gentler way to create some distance between you and someone else on the micro-blogging platform.
Previously, to have someone unfollow you without their knowledge, you could do a “soft block”, which is when you manually block and unblock someone.
Followers you remove then have to refollow you to see your tweets on their timeline. If you have protected tweets (aka private tweets, only viewable by your followers), they would need your approval to become a follower again.
Twitter is also testing new prompts on iOS and Android that warn before users jump into a conversation that could get heated. In one example, there’s a prompt dropped right into a conversation in progress that says, “conversations like this can be intense”.
The prompts are the company’s latest attempt to reduce the persistent harassment and abuse on the platform.
Instagram has also recently introduced a similar tool called Limits, which enables users to temporarily restrict unwanted interactions.