Elon Musk: X Will Eliminate Block Feature

X, Twitter, Social Media

X owner Elon Musk said Friday (Aug. 18) that users of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter will no longer be able to block content posted by unwanted followers.

Block is going to be eliminated as a ‘feature, except for DMs [direct messages], Musk said in a reply to a user who asked about the feature. It makes no sense, he added in a follow-up reply.

Answering another user who questioned the decision, Musk responded: You will still be able to mute accounts and block users for DMs.” 

The block function enables users to prevent content from specified users from showing up in their feed and stops those users from commenting on their posts, CNBC reported Friday. The mute feature, on the other hand, keeps that content from being visible to the user who muted it, but not from other users.

Musk didnt say more about why the block feature would be eliminated, or when that move would be made.

Some of the platforms users have used the block feature to eliminate spam replies, to protest the platforms prioritizing subscribers content over that of non-paying users and to remove harassment from their feeds, TechCrunch reported Friday.

Since being acquired by Musk for $44 billion last year, X has undergone a dramatic renewal process that has included the layoff of numerous employees, the reactivation of numerous previously banned accounts, and, most recently, the rebranding of the company.

In another recent change, the popular Twitter management tool X Pro, formerly known as TweetDeck, became a subscriber-only feature on Wednesday (Aug. 16) after historically being free to use. X Pro allows users to view and customize multiple feeds in real time.

A day before that, on Tuesday (Aug. 15), it was reported that X was ending its promoted accounts offering. Promoted accounts, which are also known as Follower Objective ads, are one of the platforms oldest ad formats and generate $100 million of Xs annual revenue.

In another upcoming change, X will continue rolling out brand-safety tools for advertisers. One example of these offerings is a recently launched keyword avoidance tool that enables brands to better control the content their ads are appearing next to.