This will cause several companies to rethink their plans, especially when it comes to allowing users/customers to follow a larger number of users with the help of tools. Some companies/individuals make use of bots to help customers grow their user base as against Twitter’s policy on privacy.
Twitter’s effort is quite encouraging, but it is still absurd to think that the company decided to peg the number at 400. 400 for me is still a high figure—it is pretty abnormal for a normal account to be having 400 followers per day. What I am saying is that Twitter should seriously consider lowering that number when next they want to deal with spam on its platform.
Follow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers. So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 8, 2019
Last month, Twitter confirmed per TechCrunch that it was working on a new “Hide Tweet” feature that will give users another option to protect their conversations. The feature was first spotted in a Twitter code, and is available from a list of moderation choices that appear when the “Share” button on a tweet is clicked. The “Hide Tweet” feature works as an alternative to muting or blocking a user; though it still gives you the option to control a conversation.
More than anything else, the real reason why Twitter is working on this feature is so that your conversations can be protected. Twitter Senior PM Michelle Yasmeen Haq in a series of post, explained more:
“We often hear from heavy Tweeters that they want to be able to protect their conversations…
People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start as healthy as possible by giving them some control.
We think of conversations as an ecosystem of different groups: authors, repliers, the audience and the platform. We try to balance the experience across all four groups, and we are continuously exploring ways to shift the balance without overcorrecting.