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Twitter is considering offering users the ability to "unmention" themselves in other people's tweets as part of a wider privacy drive for the social media platform.

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The early concept has been shared by Twitter designed Dominic Camozzi, who says the idea behind it is to help users control unwanted attention.

An example image shows a notification when the user has been mentioned in a tweet, with an option to "Unmention yourself" (i.e. remove your Twitter handle from it) without the author of the tweet being notified of the change.

In another related option currently being weighed up, Twitter could send you a notification when someone you don't follow mentions you, allowing you to review the tweet, unmention yourself from it, and block that user from mentioning you again.


Additionally, Camozzi is toying with the idea of giving users the ability to "control mass mentions" by preventing anyone on the platform from mentioning them for one day, three days, or seven days, thereby providing respite for anyone inundated with activity related to their account.

As with all early concepts, these changes may or may not be implemented by Twitter, and the company is actively looking for feedback from users regarding the ideas.

(Via Engadget.)

Article Link: Twitter May Let You 'Unmention' Yourself in Tweets and Prevent People Tagging You in Future Replies
 
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dabi

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I feel like "mute the conversation" was already kinda the same functionality? But maybe that's somehow better, not sure.
 
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I get the feeling this new feature is being rolled out because there has been alot of bad press recently involving twitter and historical tweets, people getting fired from their jobs because of tweets they made when as a child/teenager, celebrities coming under attack because of something they tweeted when as a teenager, same wth sports personalities.

There has been huge press coverage in the UK recently about a cricketer who was picked and played for the England national team getting suspended from the team because of historical tweets he made when he was a teenager. Someone in the media decided to go looking to see if the man had an social media history and found the tweets he made 10-11 years ago when as a teenager and due to their controversial nature, decided to print them for the world to see.
 
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I get the feeling this new feature is being rolled out because there has been alot of bad press recently involving twitter and historical tweets, people getting fired from their jobs because of tweets they made when as a child/teenager, celebrities coming under attack because of something they tweeted when as a teenager, same wth sports personalities.

There has been huge press coverage in the UK recently about a cricketer who was picked and played for the England national team getting suspended from the team because of historical tweets he made when he was a teenager. Someone in the media decided to go looking to see if the man had an social media history and found the tweets he made 10-11 years ago when as a teenager and due to their controversial nature, decided to print them for the world to see.
Getting tired of this. According to the parties involved people never ever change.
I think the companies, teams, social groups and buddies should just don’t give a damn and stop bending themselves to these moves. “That racist Timmy said ‘that’s gay’ when he was 12”. Cool, thanks for the info, let us handle it from here on.
Red Bull has been quite the resistant to this it is my understanding, for example, while others fire their people for saying things like “each of us is different” or asking questions like “not all men are bad?”.
 
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Pro: remove yourself from a conversation where someone is harassing/annoying/stalking/offending you.

Con: allows those who should be held to account to remove traces of their wrongdoing.

I suppose there is always screenshots for the latter...

(but screenshots can always be faked.....)

A tricky one!
 
I get the feeling this new feature is being rolled out because there has been alot of bad press recently involving twitter and historical tweets, people getting fired from their jobs because of tweets they made when as a child/teenager, celebrities coming under attack because of something they tweeted when as a teenager, same wth sports personalities.

There has been huge press coverage in the UK recently about a cricketer who was picked and played for the England national team getting suspended from the team because of historical tweets he made when he was a teenager. Someone in the media decided to go looking to see if the man had an social media history and found the tweets he made 10-11 years ago when as a teenager and due to their controversial nature, decided to print them for the world to see.
Best thing to do is not be a Twit and never Tweet :p then one will never feel like a Tw@t (the British slang for stupid, not the Aussie rude version).
 

cube4ever

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I own @firstname and can't use mentions anymore b/c people use them incorrectly all the time. Happy to see this.
 
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I get the feeling this new feature is being rolled out because there has been alot of bad press recently involving twitter and historical tweets, people getting fired from their jobs because of tweets they made when as a child/teenager, celebrities coming under attack because of something they tweeted when as a teenager, same wth sports personalities.

There has been huge press coverage in the UK recently about a cricketer who was picked and played for the England national team getting suspended from the team because of historical tweets he made when he was a teenager. Someone in the media decided to go looking to see if the man had an social media history and found the tweets he made 10-11 years ago when as a teenager and due to their controversial nature, decided to print them for the world to see.
I think the feature that best deals with the is called Don’t Tweet Ever. It’s enabled by default on all your devices.
 
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I get the feeling this new feature is being rolled out because there has been alot of bad press recently involving twitter and historical tweets, people getting fired from their jobs because of tweets they made when as a child/teenager, celebrities coming under attack because of something they tweeted when as a teenager, same wth sports personalities.

There has been huge press coverage in the UK recently about a cricketer who was picked and played for the England national team getting suspended from the team because of historical tweets he made when he was a teenager. Someone in the media decided to go looking to see if the man had an social media history and found the tweets he made 10-11 years ago when as a teenager and due to their controversial nature, decided to print them for the world to see.
You can already delete old tweets, so why wouldn't they just delete their embarrassing tweets?
 

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You can already delete old tweets, so why wouldn't they just delete their embarrassing tweets?
Yes, people can delete their old tweets BUT they cannot delete their tweet if it is quoted by somebody else, or as Twitter likes to call it 'mentioned'.

I'll give you an example. I've quoted your post here. Now if you felt you was not happy with your post, you can delete it but because I've quoted your post in my post, your now deleted post is still available to see. You cannot delete the quoted post, only I can do that or a site admin/moderator.

Free speech is under attack. Others may not like what people post on twitter but people do have a right to talk about things that may disgust others. Being rude or being insulting is not against the law. If a person feels disgusted or insulted by a persons tweet then tough, it's free speech but that is not what is happening. Historical tweets are beng found by companies employed to find them or reporters working for the media and these tweets are being used against them, sometimes for malicious purposes.

Due to the nature of what is going on with twitter with companies being employed to look into a persons social media background and any thing found being used against that person, twitter users will be looking through their tweets to delete posts that could be used against them but if others have 'mentioned' their post, it would still be out there to see, until now because now twitter users will be able to 'unmention' their posts that appear in other users posts, basically to prevent prying eyes from seeing them and using the tweet against you (employers and the media).
 
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Getting tired of this. According to the parties involved people never ever change.
I think the companies, teams, social groups and buddies should just don’t give a damn and stop bending themselves to these moves. “That racist Timmy said ‘that’s gay’ when he was 12”. Cool, thanks for the info, let us handle it from here on.
Red Bull has been quite the resistant to this it is my understanding, for example, while others fire their people for saying things like “each of us is different” or asking questions like “not all men are bad?”.
A nice solution to that (and many other forms of interference in people's private lives) would be a law saying that if the conduct happens off the clock, is not illegal, the worker has any KPIs or aspects of their job description which aren't just boosting the brand's image through association with personal virtues (i.e. pure celebrity endorsement), and the worker did not imply in any way a reasonable person would take seriously that the company endorsed it, then sacking them for it is unfair dismissal. That would also kill off things like morality clauses in employment contracts.
 

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Yes, people can delete their old tweets BUT they cannot delete their tweet if it is quoted by somebody else, or as Twitter likes to call it 'mentioned'.

I'll give you an example. I've quoted your post here. Now if you felt you was not happy with your post, you can delete it but because I've quoted your post in my post, your now deleted post is still available to see. You cannot delete the quoted post, only I can do that or a site admin/moderator.

Free speech is under attack. Others may not like what people post on twitter but people do have a right to talk about things that may disgust others. Being rude or being insulting is not against the law. If a person feels disgusted or insulted by a persons tweet then tough, it's free speech but that is not what is happening. Historical tweets are beng found by companies employed to find them or reporters working for the media and these tweets are being used against them, sometimes for malicious purposes.

Due to the nature of what is going on with twitter with companies being employed to look into a persons social media background and any thing found being used against that person, twitter users will be looking through their tweets to delete posts that could be used against them but if others have 'mentioned' their post, it would still be out there to see, until now because now twitter users will be able to 'unmention' their posts that appear in other users posts, basically to prevent prying eyes from seeing them and using the tweet against you (employers and the media).


I don't believe it's "choice" anymore, when you say"I gotta be on a social platform, because my friends are" That's dictating to ignore your own reasons. It's the solution t the problem, but users rather use lesser-means when its already done to try and prevent it from happening..

It's too late. and won't be the same... Sadly, we also trust these companies too, knowing (or unknowingly) fully well what they will do (many choose not to know though...)
 
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