Twitter's new test lets users DM straight from a tweet

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Twitter's new test lets users DM straight from a tweet
Twitter feels the feature will make it easier to start a conversation from your timeline.Unsplash
Twitter is testing a new feature to let people send a Direct Message (DM) straight from a tweet and it has not gone well with users who feel the new tool will make them more susceptible to online harassment.
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Twitter feels the feature will make it easier to start a conversation from your timeline.

"For when you want to reply directly to a Tweet's author, we're making it easier to DM them from your timeline to start a conversation," said the micro-blogging platform.

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"Now testing a DM icon on Tweets with some of you on iOS," it added.

The test, however, has alerted civil servants and public safety experts.

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According to New York City public defender Eliza Orlins, offering a shortcut to your DMs could make users even more susceptible to harassment.

"Please don't do this. One extra step of having to go to someone's profile to send a DM cuts back on harassment," she reacted on Twitter.

This is almost never about "starting a conversation", when people are sending unsolicited DMs.

"At least give us a safety feature to not allow this on our tweets," she added.

According to Twitter, the experiment is not changing the current settings of anyone's DMs.

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"We're always exploring ways to make DMs more accessible and valuable for people on Twitter, and they will always remain in control: anyone has the ability to close their DMs in their settings," a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge.
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