Elon Musk removes “block button” from X

The most recent change that Elon Musk has made to Twitter, which was formerly known as the company that he now refers to as X, is that users will no longer have the ability to block other accounts.

Musk believes that the feature “makes no sense.”

The internet entrepreneur stated on X Friday that “block is going to be deleted as a feature,” save for direct messages (DMs). “It makes absolutely no sense.”

“Block” is a tool that, according to X/Twitter, “helps you control how you interact with other accounts on Twitter.” By using this function, users are able to prevent certain accounts from contacting them, viewing their tweets, and following them.

Musk proposed that users of X should utilise the mute option rather than the “block” capability because it is more convenient. However, the mute button on the social network merely eliminates an account’s posts from your timeline without unfollowing or blocking that account. Blocking an account, on the other hand, prohibits another account from accessing your public posts on X.

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Muting an account, on the other hand, only removes the posts from your timeline. Even if you “mute” X or Twitter accounts, the users behind those accounts can still respond to public posts you make; however, you won’t be notified when they do so, and you won’t be able to see those replies.

An alternative is for an X user to change their account to “private,” which gives them control over who may access their postings and respond to them. According to the Twitter support site, “When you sign up for Twitter, your tweets are public by default; anyone can view and interact with your tweets,” the firm says.

“If you protect your tweets, new people who want to follow you will send you a request, and you can choose whether to accept or reject their request to follow you.”

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Musk is the chief executive officer of both Tesla and SpaceX, making him the richest person on the planet at the moment. After successfully completing a debt-heavy $44 billion deal for the company in October 2022 (and promptly terminating top executives and then laying off approximately 80% of Twitter’s personnel), he was able to take full ownership of Twitter.

At the beginning of this year, Elon Musk decided to employ Linda Yaccarino, a former advertising boss at NBCUniversal, to serve as CEO of X/Twitter. Nevertheless, he has stated that he will continue to manage the product and technology teams at X and that Yaccarino will be responsible for the advertising and commercial operations.

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