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Elon Musk Claims X Will Remove The Option To Blacklist Accounts

Elon Musk Claims X Will Remove The Option To Blacklist Accounts
Elon Musk, the owner of social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, announced on Friday that the firm would get rid of a security feature that allowed users to block other accounts. This is yet another contentious change for the business he acquired last year.
A user of X can prevent certain accounts from contacting them, seeing their postings, or following them by using the block function.
"Block is going to be deleted as a 'feature', except for DMs," Musk said in a post on the platform, referring to direct messages.
The mute function, which prevents users from viewing certain accounts but, unlike blocking, does not notify the other account of the activity, was maintained, according to him.
The billionaire owner has referred to himself as an ardent supporter of free expression, but some have criticised his attitude as being reckless. Since he took over, researchers have discovered a rise in hate speech and antisemitic material on the platform, and some governments have charged the firm with not doing enough to control its content.
Blocking users can violate policies established by Apple's App Store and Alphabet's Google Play if the block feature is removed or restricted.
Apple mandates that apps that employ user-generated content be able to prohibit users who are abusive. According to Google Play Store, apps must have a system in place within the app for restricting user-generated content and users.
There were no comments available on the issue from X, Google and Apple.
Chief Executive Linda Yaccarino supported Musk's action in response to a post from anti-bullying activist Monica Lewinsky pleading with X to maintain the "critical tool to keep people safe online."
"Our users' safety on X is our number one priority. And we're building something better than the current state of block and mute. Please keep the feedback coming," Yaccarino posted.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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