Elon Musk’s latest transfer to get rid of the block characteristic on Twitter has encountered robust opposition from customers who worth its utility. The blocking performance is extensively considered essential in curbing abuse on Twitter and different social media platforms. Opposite to Musk’s opinion, blocking a consumer on Twitter affords people complete safety from abusive accounts by rendering a complete profile invisible to the blocked consumer — encompassing tweets, likes, and retweets. As compared, the “Mute” choice solely shields customers from viewing tweets.
Curiously, earlier than taking management of Twitter, Musk was a giant proponent of the block characteristic and was identified to make use of it with impunity. He had famously blocked a number of accounts essential of him, and it appears it by no means occurred to him that he may have simply used the mute choice as an alternative. Musk did, nonetheless, ultimately change his stance when in February 2023, it was introduced that he had unblocked everybody on the platform whereas additionally urging others to take action.
Whereas the result of Musk’s intentions to take away the block characteristic stays unsure, many customers suppose it’s simply a further nail in Twitter’s proverbial coffin. It has additionally come to mild that Musk’s determination to take away the choice to dam customers might conflict with Apple’s App Store policies and will even outcome within the removing of the Twitter app (now X) from Apple’s platform. In mild of this data, it will be fascinating to see if Musk would really undergo together with his determination to danger being de-platformed from the Apple ecosystem.