Jasmine McNealy Comments on New Twitter Feature Limiting Replies to Tweets
Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications associate director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Telecommunication associate professor, is Quoted in “Sick of Unwanted Twitter Replies? New Features Lets Users Limit Who Can Reply to Tweets” published in USA Today on Aug. 11.
The article focuses on a new Twitter feature that allows users to limit who can reply to their tweets.
According to McNealy, the new feature poses concerns on whether it violates the First Amendment.
“It should be known for public officials that you shouldn’t be using this feature to cut off anyone,” she said. “Although Twitter users can still retweet with comment, not being able to reply still silences users. Users are basically cut off from that direct conversation.”