16 March 2021
UPDATE (August 12th, 2020):
Twitter has announced the global availability of tweet replies limit functionality. It is a feature that lets you put a limit on who can reply to your tweets and thus avoid unwanted attention and trolls. It was debuted as part of testing in May but seems like the team received a favorable response from early users. To know how to make most of the feature, simply follow the original reporting below.
Original (May 21st, 2020)
Twitter has announced that it is testing a new feature that will let users limit replies to their tweets. It will essentially help them have control over who can reply to their tweets. The move is aimed at reducing trolling that has grown many folds and become a common state of affairs on all social media platforms.
With this feature, Twitter users can decide whether everyone can reply, only those accounts which they follow or those who have been mentioned (tagged) in the tweet. The setting is accessible directly from the tweet composition window and is just above the options meant for adding images, GIFs, and polls to the tweet. Tapping the setting shows a pop-up with all the three filters and a user choose as per his preference or need.
For the last two options, Twitter will show a label below the tweet that will alert users that only specific users can reply to the tweet. It will also have the reply icon greyed out suggesting that the option is disabled. However, this new feature will not affect the ability of others to view tweets and retweet/like tweets.
The tweet reply limit feature is currently in beta testing and available only to select users. If you are using the beta version of the app and are not seeing it yet, you have no choice but to wait and hope that it becomes available for you. We will keep you updated as and when it will be rolled out to a wider audience.