To many people around the world, Twitter is their megaphone to amplify the power of their voices.
This is why the platform is popular among politicians and world leaders, as well as businessmen and other influential people, that can also include celebrities and endless list of companies. On Twitter, there is no shortage of information, as everyone has the ability to blurt everything out, as long as it's within the its character limit.
Because of this, many Twitter users can often find themselves addicted to scrolling its endless sea of jokes, arguments and the too many toxic accounts.
And by the time they are annoyed by someone, they can simply block them.
Blocking accounts ensures that users will no longer see posts or DMs from the people they blocked.
Blocking someone is an extremely powerful, and also a satisfying tool to shut someone's mouth on Twitter.
But this can have consequences.
For example, blocking is obvious, as the one being blocked would know that they've been blocked after visiting the account that blocked them.
This is because Twitter will tell them that they've been blocked through the "this person blocked you" message.
This is why blocking someone may not be the best option.
Other workaround, is called a "soft block," which entailed blocking an abusive user, which removed that person from the list of followers, then unblocking them.
Twitter knows how toxic its platform can be, and surely knows that soft block that people have been doing.
This is why Twitter is introducing a way for users to remove their followers.
This feature is like that soft block feature, but an official one.
We're making it easier to be the curator of your own followers list. Now testing on web: remove a follower without blocking them.
To remove a follower, go to your profile and click “Followers”, then click the three dot icon and select “Remove this follower”. pic.twitter.com/2Ig7Mp8Tnx
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
Just like a soft block, removing a follower will not notify the person being removed.
Removing followers is a silent event, because it allows users to feel more secure about who sees their tweets without blocking them altogether.
In other words, this feature is a safety feature that can avoid the repercussions of blocking someone.
For good reasons, this level of control when it comes to managing followers allows users to maintain their privacy.
The feature also has the chance of reducing harassments on the platform.
To use this feature that is initially introduced to Twitter for the web, users need to head to their profile and click on 'Followers'. From there, they can click on the three dots on the right-hand side, and choose 'Remove this follower'.
Twitter has been testing this feature for at least a month, before finally announcing its public roll out.