What is ‘Remove this follower’ on Twitter, How to Use and What Happens?

Twitter is known for being a social media platform with the capability of expressing and sharing thoughts and standpoints with the world. When you have a private account on Twitter, you have the ability to accept or reject follow requests. Previously, the only way you could restrict someone from following you or reading your tweets is by blocking them.

However, recently Twitter came up with the new feature of ‘Remove this follower’. This feature enables the users to avoid the extreme form of blocking the followers. This article will help you get a wholesome idea about this new feature and the ways of using the same. 

What does Remove this follower mean on Twitter?

Removing a user on Twitter is basically a way of avoiding them from seeing your tweets or getting your updates. Twitter recently started testing a series of new privacy tools. One of these was ‘Remove this follower’.

Twitter announced, that it is being tested as a soft block alternative. This feature would allow users to remove any followers instead of blocking them. Previously this could be done by blocking the concerned user first and then unblocking them. But now, with this new feature, the process becomes much simpler. 

Removing a user is much preferable to blocking them. This way, you do not have to sever all ties with them on the platform. But at the same time, you will be able to restrict them from viewing or liking your tweets. They won’t receive any notification from Twitter if you choose to remove them. 

Some other new features with this update include a new social privacy tool on the app. It enables the users to archive old tweets so they will disappear for other users after a desired period of time (it can be from 30 days up to a year).

Another feature comes in the form of ticketed audio rooms, which is a way of monetization for the influencers on the app. The subscription-based ‘Super follow‘ feature has also recently been rolled out to users in the US. 

What happens when you Remove this follower on Twitter?

When you choose the option of ‘Remove this follower’ on Twitter, the person is removed permanently from your followers’ list. They will no longer be able to view or read your Tweets. The user won’t be notified if you choose to remove them.

Note: If you have a public Twitter account then they will be able to view your public tweets regardless of the fact if they are your follower or not. 

Some followers can, however, notice if they stop receiving updates from your account or seeing your tweets. They will find the ‘Follow’ option next to your username if they look you up on Twitter. Their likes and retweets exchanged with you won’t be deleted if you choose to remove them.

How to stop someone from receiving your tweets without blocking them on Twitter

Blocking a follower on Twitter removes them from your Twitter account. The likes and retweets exchanged between you will no longer be available to you or the blocked user. Others might still be able to view them. Previously, the process of removing a follower on Twitter included blocking them first and then unblocking them.

This removed them from your follower list while ensuring that you can still look up each other if ever needed. This however deleted your exchanged likes, messages, retweets, and more. With the new ‘Remove this follower’ feature, you can now retain your interactions while removing the concerned user from your followers’ list. 

How to Remove a follower on Twitter without blocking

Using the ‘Remove this follower’ feature on Twitter, you can remove a Twitter user from your Followers list without needing to block them at all. Here’s how.

Open Twitter and click on Profile on your left. 

Click on ‘N Followers’ where N is your total number of followers. 

Tap on the ‘3-dot’ icon next to the follower you wish to remove. Click on ‘Remove this follower’.

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In the next pop-up, Twitter will confirm your decision. Click on ‘Remove’. 

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The concerned user should no longer show up as your follower on Twitter. 

What is soft block on Twitter?

A soft block on most platforms refers to limiting actions for certain users without blocking them entirely from the platform. A soft block is used as a warning and a way to moderate unallowed actions of users without completely removing them from the platform. This gives the user a way to correct their actions and restore the functionality of their account.

As blocking on social media is often considered an extreme measure, Twitter came out with its own version of soft block, the new ‘Remove this follower’ option.

But before that, you could soft block a user only by using a workaround: by blocking them first from your profile and then immediately unblocking them. This way, they don’t see ‘You’re blocked’ if they check your profile, but they won’t receive posts from you either as they are no longer a follower. The downside of this being that you lose track of all your interactions including likes, retweets, comments, messages, and more. With the new feature ‘Remove this follower’, you can easily achieve this, and officially too.

Is ‘Remove this follower’ a paid feature?

No, the new ‘Remove this follower’ feature on Twitter is not a paid option. It is similar to other features such as blocking, following, retweeting and more. However, it is still being tested by Twitter, and is not rolled out to everyone on the platform. Only a few selected users currently have access to this new feature. 

When will ‘Remove this follower’ become available?

The ‘Remove this follower’ feature is currently in the beta phase and is being tested out. The makers have rolled out the feature to a selected bunch of users. It is currently being tested before a global rollout. There is no news or final date for the global rollout but considering Twitter’s past releases, we might only be a few weeks away. 

Why don’t I have the ‘Remove this follower’ option?

Twitter is still testing the new ‘Remove this follower’ feature. Hence it might not be available to you at this moment. You can wait for the global release or hope that Twitter rolls it out to you. You can also try changing your region to see if that works for you. 

Will they be able to see your tweets?

This depends on your privacy settings. If you have a public profile, then they too will be able to see your tweets just like a non follower. However, if you have a private profile, then they will see the selective details you have made public on your private profile. The rest of your profile, including tweets, comments, likes and more will be hidden from the concerned user. 

Can they follow you back?

Yes, they can indeed follow you back. The purpose of this feature is to avoid blocking a user and cutting off your ties entirely. If they intend, they can indeed follow you back. In case you have a private account, you will be able to approve or reject the new request upon your discretion. This however, would change as you change your privacy settings unless you decide to block the concerned user.  

When to use ‘Remove this follower’ feature?

While the new feature is designed to offer you more options when moderating your followers, it is a good way to take a break from someone. As this is a privacy option, its use is completely based on your custom needs, however, here are a few common scenarios where you may find this feature quite useful. 

  • When you want to remove a user from your followers’ list
  • When you are unwilling to view their tweets on your timeline 
  • When you want them to stop seeing your tweets on their timeline 
  • When you want to stop them from liking your tweets or retweeting them

‘Remove this follower’ vs Block on Twitter

There is a major difference between blocking someone on Twitter and using the ‘Remove this follower’ feature. When you block a user, you completely detach from them. They will be removed from your followers’ list and will no longer able to view your account or your tweets or any past interactions with you on the platform for that matter.

They will no longer be able to refollow you until and unless you choose to unblock them. The messages shared between the two of you will be erased immediately and previous likes and retweets will disappear for both of you. However, other users might still be able to access them. 

When you choose ‘Remove this follower’, it will essentially soft block a user. The user will be removed from your followers’ list, they will no longer be able to find your tweets on their timeline unless you have a public profile and they decide to refollow you.

They won’t be notified, but they will notice a ‘Follow’ option next to your name when they look you up. Your message history, likes or retweets won’t be erased. They will be able to refollow you upon their discretion. 

We hope this post helped shed some much-needed light on ‘Remove this follower’ feature in Twitter. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out using the comments below. 


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