Twitter is a great place to share thoughts and ideas, and have a discourse around popular topics or current events. However, sometimes you just want to put something out into the Twitter universe and you don’t want to hear what other people think about it. Thankfully, if that’s what you’re looking for, Twitter makes it easy to turn off replies on tweets.
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Steps to Stop Replies on Twitter
- Launch the Twitter app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and then create the Twitter tweet you don’t want anyone to be able to reply to.
- Above the keyboard on the lower part of the screen you’ll see blue text by default letting you know that everyone can reply to this tweet. Tap “Everyone Can Reply.” A menu pops up from the bottom of the screen giving you options for who can reply to your Twitter tweet.
- Tap to place a check mark next to “Everyone” if you want anyone to be able to reply to your tweet; tap to place a check mark next to “People You Follow” if you want only people you follow to be able to reply to this tweet; or tap to place a check mark next to “Only People You Mention” if you don’t want anyone other than people you mention to be able to reply to this tweet.
You’ll return to your tweet after making your selection, where you’ll see the blue text changed to reflect the audience who can reply to this tweet.
Reasons You May Not Want to Allow Replies on Twitter
1. Control the Conversation
Sometimes you just want information to flow one way, and you don’t care what other people think. Turning off Twitter replies lets you put information into the world without the risk of a debate breaking out.
2. Sensitive Content
Maybe you want to share information about someone passing away and don’t want to worry about people posting negative comments. Or, maybe you want to share religious or medical information that people may have strong feelings about. If you’re worried the information you’re tweeting is sensitive in nature and may result in an unwanted heated discussion in the comments, it may be best to turn replies off.
You’re worried about people replying to your tweet and flooding it with promotional links to good and services that have little or nothing to do with what you shared.
4. Brand Control
Public figures or companies may want to consider turning off Twitter replies to prevent comments that can hurt either them or the brand. Again, it may be in their best interest for some of their Twitter tweets to push information one way.
5. Prevent Harassment
Twitter is well known as a hotbed for harassment. Whether you’ve already been harassed on Twitter or you’re just worried about it, you can reduce the risk of getting harassed on the platform by turning replies to your Twitter posts off.