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Twitter restores ability to block unwanted followers from feed

SAN FRANCISCO--Twitter on Thursday restored the ability to block unwanted followers from peering at posts, quickly reversing a policy change that triggered a barrage of criticism.

“Earlier today, we made a change to the way the 'block' function of Twitter works,” Twitter's Michael Sippey said in a blog post late Thursday in California.

“We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users — we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.”

The turn-around came just hours after the San Francisco-based company modified its blocking mechanism to let unwanted Twitter followers re-tweet, like, or peer at messages in public accounts of people who block them.

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