Twitter Conversation Participants - limit tweet replies

You can limit tweet replies in the official mobile and web apps by choosing your Twitter conversation participants via a trio of different reply options, and we show you how.

Twitter now lets you limit tweet replies

Twitter on May 20, 2020 launched several new reply options designed to permit customers to limit who can reply to specific tweets (it’s available on a per-tweet basis).

They announced this new capability in January 2020 during the Consumer Electronics Show. The feature is currently being rolled out in a limited fashion so not all users may be able to limit tweet replies. If this option isn’t showing up yet, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to check back after a few days or weeks (and be sure to stay tuned to iDB to be kept in the loop).

Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial right ahead if you’d like to limit tweet replies by selecting your Twitter conversation participants from the new audience options.

How to limit tweet replies

Follow the steps below to limit your tweet replies:

  1. Open the official Twitter app or access the web interface at
  2. Select the compose tweet box to start creating your post.
  3. Tap the globe icon at the bottom of the compose tweet box.

Hitting this prior to posting your tweet allows you to choose who can reply to you:

  • Everyone: Twitter’s default setting lets anyone post replies. For public accounts, it means everyone will continue to be able to reply. If your tweets are protected, the setting means that only people who follow you will continue to be able to reply.
  • Only people you follow: Only accounts that you follow, as well as anyone you mention in your published tweet, will be allowed to post replies.
  • Only people you mention: Only people mentioned in the tweet will be able to reply.

Now when you hit the Tweet button, the post will take into account your audience chpoice. When the tweet is live, other users can see you’ve limited who can reply to it.

Twitter Conversation Participants - limit tweet replies

Hit the globe icon in the tweet compose box to limit tweet replies

Twitter hopes this should make it clear for people if they can’t reply. Keep in mind that people who can’t reply will still be able to view, retweet, retweet with comment and like these tweets.

Depending on tweet audience, some folks may be unable to reply to the tweet (that’s also why you may be seeing those “you can’t reply to this” tweets in your timeline!). For instance, if you allow replies for only people you follow, folks who don’t follow you will see a greyed-out icon.

Replies and retweets of your tweet will inherit the restrictions you placed on the root tweet, unlike retweets with comments that won’t inherit the tweet’s underlying restrictions. One more thing: Once your tweet is published, you cannot go back and adjust conversation participants other than by deleting the tweet and recreating a new one with a different audience.

Unable to limit tweet replies?

As we noted earlier in this tutorial, the company is releasing this new Twitter feature in stages which means that not everyone will have access to it from day one.

“For now, only a limited group of people globally on Twitter for iOS, Android and can tweet with these settings, but everyone can see these conversations,” according to Twitter.

Here’s Twitter’s disclaimer:

Please note that because this new feature is currently being tested, your ability to restrict replies may be removed at any time without notice. Any reply restrictions you placed on tweets during the test period may also be removed, but before we remove them, we will attempt to provide you with advance notice.

For further information about how to limit tweet replies, visit Twitter’s Help center.

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