Twitter Lets People Avoid Criticism With New Reply-Disabling Feature

( Twitter took the astonishing move last week to announce and trial a brand-new feature that stops conservatives criticizing left-wing accounts. No joke, that’s literally what happened.

The new feature allows users (a select few, at the moment) to decide who can respond to their tweets. Everyone can be banned, only followers can be allowed to respond, or certain followers can be individually chosen and allowed to reply. It might not be specifically targeted towards left-wing accounts, but we all know the only people who don’t want to be criticized are Democrats and left-wing journalists.

Twitter users quickly started pointing out that the feature is a good way for big accounts to avoid getting “ratiod.” If you’ve never heard of the term before, it refers to the ratio of responses to likes or retweets. If a tweet gets more replies than it does likes or retweets, it means the user has been ratiod and typically indicates that the tweet was unpopular.

Getting ratiod, therefore, could be a thing of the past if liberal journalists catch on to the feature! And it looks like they already have…

Brian Stelter, the far-left media correspondent for fake news media outlet CNN, has already started using the feature on his tweets. Even on boring ones, too! Take a look at this tweet where all he does is announced the latest edition of the CNN media digest.

You can’t respond to it.

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, has been talking about the possibility of implementing a system like this for a while. It was on Brian Stelter’s show on CNN, in fact, when he talked about removing some of the “incentives” for people to be mean. That was back in 2018, and it looks like Twitter is finally ready to start censoring people and controlling dissent.

Once the system is implemented universally, and all users have access to it, it will vastly change how Twitter works. It turns Twitter into a content delivery platform, somewhere that people can see content but not engage with it, and at that point it may turn a lot of people off.

What’s the point of a social network if you can’t even be social?