pcmag.comWe review products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Twitter's next attempts to make the social media platform "healthier" may involve letting users ban retweets of their posts and stopping all @mentions of their accounts as a way to prevent incoming harassment. The proposed features are among five ideas Twitter plans to explore adding in 2020, according to company vice president Dantley Davis. "I believe giving more control to users will help create a healthier Twitter and reduce abuse. Additionally, these features need to be easy to access and use," he said in a tweet thread on Monday, unveiling the ideas. For years now, the company has been trying to come up with ways to stop harassment, which can take the form of thousands of users ganging up and bombarding a single person's account with toxic tweets. This can include comment retweeting a post the person made or @mentioning the account. Although you can already mute or block specific accounts on Twitter, the ideas from Davis promise to effectively silence all incoming harassment from directly interacting with a person's account via the @mention function. According to Davis, the bans on @mentions would work as a opt-in setting, letting you choose who gets to mention your account over the platform. The ability to ban retweets, meanwhile, promises to help users stop harassment in the event one of their tweets goes viral for the wrong reasons. However, the same ideas may also stir up worries of censorship over the social media platform. For instance, politicians on Twitter could use the same tools to filter out user attempts to call out their policies. Davis added the company is also considering developing a highly-requested edit tweet function, which Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has previously alluded to. According to Davis, the idea is to let you edit the tweet, however, users will still be able to look up the original version of the same tweet. "What if we kept the receipts? i.e. editing history," he said in describing the feature. We'll have to wait and see if the company actually implements any of the ideas.

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