Twitter testing 'unmentioning' to allow users to remove themselves from conversations

Twitter logo on a mobile phone
The ability to untag was first revealed by a researcher earlier this year. Photo credit: Getty Images

Kiwi Twitter users who find themselves tagged into unwanted conversations may soon have a way of avoiding those endless notifications.

The social media giant has confirmed it was working on an 'unmentioning' feature that allows people to remove themselves from conversations.

"How do you say 'Don't @ me' without saying 'Don't @ me'?" the Twitter safety account tweeted.

"We're experimenting with Unmentioning - a way to help you protect your peace and remove yourself from conversations - available on Web for some of you now.

The potential for the feature was first revealed by Twitter researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who has a history of correctly identifying coming features.

"Twitter is working on an onboarding screen for 'Leave this conversation'," she posted in February.

In the GIF posted to the Twitter safety account, the 'leave this conversation' option is shown added to the menu which pops out when you click the three dots in the top right hand corner of a tweet.

That same menu also allows users to mute the conversation, block the person who tweeted and more.

When a user 'unmentions' themselves their username is untagged and all notifications are stopped. 

The test comes soon after the platform confirmed it was working on A much-anticipated 'edit tweet' function which will be part of its Twitter Blue subscription.

Twitter first teased the edit function on April Fools Day, but refused to say if it was a joke or not.

Elon Musk, who disclosed he had purchased a 9.2 percent stake in the company this week, then tweeted a poll asking if users wanted the functionality.

Over 4.4 million people voted, with 73.6 percent saying they were in favour of being able to edit tweets.

The company then confirmed it was working on it, while saying Musk's elevation to the board had played no part in it and it had been working on it since last year.

When it was announced there were a number of concerns expressed about how editing tweets could cause unnecessary consequences.

Video podcast host Liz Wheeler was one who argued against it.

"What if a tweet goes viral, lots of retweets and millions of impressions, and then the author completely changes the meaning?," she wrote.

"Not just a grammatical fix, but a TOTAL ideological change? Or shameless self-promote?"

Journalist Paula Schmitt called it a "horrible proposition".

"If you allow editing, you'd be stripping us from the power to draw comparisons, confront statements, demand that promises be fulfilled. Horrible," she tweeted.

It's not known if 'unmentions' will also require a paid subscription - which costs $4.99 per month in Aotearoa - at this point.