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Twitter Rolled-out its Latest Feature that Lets Users Limit Reply



In an attempt to make conversations more effective and meaningful, Twitter has rolled out a new feature that will allow users to have a little more control over who is showing up in their mentions, the feature will enable users to get rid of spam in their conversations by limiting who can reply to their Tweets.

Before being launched globally on 11th August for both the Android and iOS users, the feature underwent a brief run in beta. It is now available for the Twitter App on both the platforms and also for the users accessing the platform via the official website twitter.com.

How the feature works?


While posting a tweet, you will come across a small globe icon at the bottom, upon tapping on that, three options will appear to choose who can reply to your tweet. If you choose nothing, the setting will remain default – meaning anyone can reply to the tweet or you can limit replies just to those who are tagged in the tweet; or only to your followers.

After selecting the preferred option, you are all set to compose your tweet and click on the 'Tweet' tab to publish it. One important thing to note here is that once the tweet is posted, you won't be able to change the reply settings for that particular tweet.

However, users must also note that people who are restricted from replying will get a greyed-out icon, but they will still be able to view and share your tweets – they can Retweet, Retweet with Comment, and like the tweet.

The feedback received by the users has been positive so far, indicating that users have felt more comfortable and guarded against abuse, trolls, and spam.

As per a blog post by Director of Product Management, Suzanne Xie, the new feature is successfully preventing about three potentially abusive replies while adding one potentially abusive retweet with comment.

Referencing from Xie's observations, “Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what’s happening when they can choose who can reply,”
“We’ve seen people use these settings to have conversations that weren’t really possible before. Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get in the way of meaningful conversations," the blog post read.

"Since your Tweet = your space, we've been testing new settings to give people more control over the conversations they start. Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what's happening when they can choose who can reply. We've seen people use these settings to have conversations that weren't really possible before. Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don't get in the way of meaningful conversations," Xie further said in a statement.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Twitter account hacked


It's not usual tweet from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop which suggest users to check out the post weight loss.

"LOL u gotta read this, its crazy [link]", " I'm laughing so hard right now at this[LINK]" these are one of the tweets posted from her account.

If you are regular user of E Hacking News, you would have already realized that this is nothing other than spam tweet.  However, most of people do not aware of that.

At first, i thought the link leads to simple weight loss spam website.  While analyzing few similar links, i found that some links are leading to a Twitter phishing page.

The JulieBishopMp account has more than 57k followers.  It means the phishing page has reached thousands of users.  We are not sure how many of them fall victim to these attack.

We already seeing plenty of similar fake tweets are being posted from several accounts(some accounts have more than 10k followers) which leads to the phishing pages.

Julie Bishop recovered and posted the following tweet:  "Yes my Twitter account has been hacked/compromised"

Beware of these new twitter phishing attack !  Share this post with your friends and make them aware about these kind of attacks. 

Another spam campaign that mistakenly mentioned @EHackerNews in Tweet


Today Another Twitter spammer mistakenly mentioned @EHackerNews in his spam tweet.

"girl you are so @BarbieGirlo** @EHackerNews fine" The spam tweet the mentioned me reads.

Some other spam tweets posted by spammers:  "you @BarbieGirlo14 @[victim] are so sexy"

"you are @BarbieGirlo14 @[victim] beautiful "


I've just try to follow the main account of the spammer 'BarbieGirlo14'. As usual, the spammer account has a link that helps spammers to make money.

"My nicknames Barbie and Im an open hookuper. I like to have fun online and off. If your interested click the link below and my profile on there is BarbieL0123 [LINK]"

The link just directs me to  'dat**.lightho**.net'. The link further redirects me to 'pkmtr**.com'. Finally i was landed in a scammy adult dating website "justhoo**.com"

I've just collected the list of Spam Twitter accounts  and posted here.
http://pastebin.com/V5XBUXnx