Twitter now filters out direct messages from users you don’t follow

Twitter's new Requests inbox. Twitter’s new
Requests inbox.
Photo: Twitter

Twitter has followed Facebook’s lead by filtering out direct
messages from users you aren’t already connected with.

Direct messages
from accounts you don’t follow will now end up in their own
inbox as message “requests.”

If you’ve ever received a message from someone on Facebook who
you aren’t friends with, you’ll know it ends up in a separate
folder, rather than your regular inbox. Now the same happens on
Twitter, thanks to a new “Requests” folder.

“This is
where you’ll see messages from people you don’t follow,”
Twitter explains. To protect you from potential abuse, any
media attachments will be hidden until you tap the “view media”
option. Of course, you’ll only get random messages if you
accept DMs from anyone.

Until this change, all direct messages
— including those from accounts you don’t follow back — ended
up in the same Messages inbox. If you have a popular account,
it made it difficult to distinguish between potential spam and
messages you actually care about.

no longer the case. However, once you accept a message request
from an unknown user, the conversation will move into your
regular inbox. If you decline it by deleting the message, the
sender won’t know you’ve chosen to ignore them.


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