The Owner of the social media company X, formerly known as Twitter, has hinted on taking off a protective feature that lets users block other accounts.
The block function on X permits a user to prevent specific accounts from contacting them, seeing their posts or following them.
“Block is going to be deleted as a ‘feature’, except for DMs,” Elon Musk wrote in a post twitter on the platform.
Musk said X would retain the mute function, which restricts a user from seeing specified accounts but, unlike blocking, does not alert the other account to the action.
Removing or limiting the block feature might drag X into conflict with guidelines incorporated by Apple’s (AAPL.O) App Store and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google Play.
Apple says apps with user-generated content must posses the access to block abusive users. Google Play Store says apps must make available an in-app system for blocking user-generated content and users.
Ever since Elon Musk bought the company last year, there have been several controversial moves from the billionaire who describes himself as a free speech absolutist.
Criritics have found his approach irresponsible. Some governments and researchers have complained of an increase in hate speech and antisemitic content on the platform since he took over.
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