Twitter Moments have a problem

A very little thought that I’ve had for some time regarding Twitter’s use of user tweets in their newsfeed and moments.

So, I’ve had a few tweets used, and generally they were political in nature, which unsurprisingly generated a small amount of insults and abuse. Not a huge amount, and nothing that I couldn’t ignore or block, but it occurred to me that a random comment on current events out of thousands could be broadcast to the world and to a much larger amount of that abuse.

Now, I decided that I wanted to remove my tweet from one of these moments. Seems like it should be an easy thing to do, right? Well, after a lot of googling, I discovered from Twitter’s own help site that in order to remove yourself from a Twitter moment, you have to block the account that created it.

This may be fine if you are are in a Twitter moment that someone has created with malicious intent, but if the moment is created by the @twittermoments account itself, you presumably have to block the main source of curated Twitter news in order to remove yourself from a moment? Plus, this is not made obvious at all. Overall, it seems like something Twitter should look into changing for usability purposes, especially related to the changes that Twitter has promised to make to it’s abuse policies.

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