In order to magnify its customers’ experience, Twitter has been adding new DM tools for some time. Now, in its latest attempt, the social media giant allows you to use its new Twitter DM filter to sort direct messages from strangers into a separate inbox.
From now on, if you’ve selected to receive direct messages from anyone then messages from people you don’t follow will be filtered into a new section baptized Requests in the Messages tab. The same goes for group conversations that you’ve added to by users you don’t follow. According to the company,
“If your DMs are open and someone you don’t follow messages you, it will go into requests.”
From the Requests tab, you can preview the message from people you don’t follow and choose to accept or delete it. Accepting the message will let the sender continue message you in future without getting sorted into the Requests tab. However, the sender will not know whether or not you’ve seen his/her message until you hit the Accept button.
As per reports, Twitter adds filter to keep strangers out of your DMs, sorting your messages into ‘Inbox’ and ‘Requests’ tab. The Twitter DM filter will move all your accepted messages to your inbox. On the other hand, deleting the message doesn’t prevent the sender from communicating with you in future. However, you still have the option to block accounts or report the conversation.
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Although any attached media along with DMs will also be hidden whenever an unknown user sends you a direct message, videos and images can still be viewed without accepting the conversation by tapping on the ‘View Media’ button.
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Offering a Direct Message filter option is likely a stab by Twitter to avert trolls and other offensive users from loading your inbox with unnecessary messages you don’t want to see.
If you receive hordes of DMs from unknown users, the new Twitter DM filter is what you need to filter DMs and keep strangers away from your direct messages. With this filter, you’ll have to keep a tab on Requests section to ensure that messages you want to see aren’t buried. Otherwise, it’s an effective method for cutting down unsavory as well as worse Twitter interactions.
Well, it’s not the first time the social media tycoon is making amendments in DMs. Last fall, Twitter added read receipts, rich previews, and more to DMs.
By virtue of Twitter’s API restrictions, the new DM inbox function is only rolling out on Twitter’s official Android and iOS apps today. As per the company, it will also start showing up the Direct Message filter on the web version in the next few months.