Twitter’s 4 new ‘privacy tools’ to empower users

Twitter plans to test new privacy-related features aimed at giving users greater control over their follower lists and who can see their posts and likes in an effort to make people more comfortable interacting and sharing on the social network. The tools are related to what Twitter executives call “social privacy” or how users manage their reputations and identities on the service. This includes information like a person’s list of followers, the tweets they like, and whether their accounts are public or private.

Here is a list of potential features that you may see on Twitter soon:

Twitter may let users hide old tweets after a set amount of time. Tweets would be visible to the account holder, but not to anyone else. The company is considering a range of time options, including hiding posts after 30, 60, and 90 days, or hiding tweets after a full year. This product doesn’t have a launch date, and is still in the concept phase.

Users will soon be able to remove followers. This is currently only possible by blocking someone. Twitter plans to test this feature starting this month.

Users will soon be able to set who — everyone, just their followers, or select groups – can see which tweets they’ve liked. There is no timeline for testing this feature.

Users will be given the option to remove themselves from a public conversation on Twitter. Today, only the person sending a tweet can choose who to mention. Twitter plans to test this before the end of the year.

Rival companies like Snap Inc and Instagram have had success with disappearing Stories products – a signal that users are drawn to apps where their posts won’t exist forever. Twitter’s own Stories feature didn’t catch on with users, but a feature that does the same with tweets would likely be popular among users.