Posted BY: Wyatt | NwoReport

Elon Musk’s announcement about removing the “block” feature on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has ignited an intense backlash. This decision entails eliminating the ability to hide an individual’s profile from blocked users, which has raised concerns over potential increases in harassment and spam.

Musk responded to inquiries about blocking and muting by stating that the “block” feature, apart from direct messages, would be phased out. Blocking a user makes their page inaccessible and prevents interaction while muting only hides their content from a user’s feed. Musk’s post rapidly became the top trending topic on the platform, mainly due to the negative feedback it received.

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Critics argued that removing the “block” feature could lead to an influx of harassment and make X no different from the problematic aspects of Twitter. The company’s user-driven Community Notes even questioned the potential consequences of such a change, which pointed out that this move could violate policies on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. X CEO Linda Yaccarino responded to the controversy, assuring users that the company was developing a superior alternative. Safety was highlighted as the primary concern, and the aim was to create a solution better than the existing “block” and “mute” functionalities.

Yaccarino encouraged users to continue sharing their feedback. As of now, the specifics of the alternative to blocking remain unclear. However, other platforms like Facebook have employed a “restrict” feature, allowing users to hide their content from specific individuals without completely blocking them. This ongoing debate highlights the delicate balance between providing user safety and fostering open dialogue on social media platforms.