Farewell, dunks? Threads launches quote controls for all customers


Threads customers can now exert extra management over who can quote their posts.

This builds on a characteristic that already permits Threads customers to restrict who can reply to their posts (competing providers like X and Bluesky supply comparable reply controls). Threads outlined its plans for quote controls final month, and final night time Adam Mosseri — who leads each Threads and Instagram for dad or mum firm Meta — introduced that the characteristic is obtainable to all customers.

“I hope this may assist hold Threads a extra optimistic place and provides individuals extra management over their expertise,” Mosseri wrote.

As of Saturday morning, the power to restrict quotes isn’t exhibiting up after I log into Threads on my desktop internet browser, however it’s obtainable within the Threads cell app. Quote and reply controls seem like bundled collectively in a single dropdown menu, the place customers can open the dialog to “Anybody,” or restrict it to “Profiles you observe” or “Talked about solely.” These controls ought to make it more durable to “dunk” on others, the place customers quote another person’s put up to be able to make them look dumb.

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“However dunking is sweet!” you say. “I want to have the ability to inform my followers when somebody on X/Threads/Bluesky/Mastodon has posted one thing dumb, offensive, or silly.”

Honest sufficient: Once I’m not the one being destroyed, I get pleasure from a superb dunk as a lot as anybody. Fortunately, the power to screenshot and share somebody’s put up whereas explaining why it’s dumb/offensive/in any other case objectionable nonetheless exists. This simply makes it much less possible {that a} succession of dunks will make the unique put up go viral.

And it signifies that in idea, the unique poster can scroll on, blissfully anyplace that somebody on the web could be saying imply issues about them.

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