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Elon Musk Blocking People Who Complained About Removing The Block Feature, Now They Are Complaining

Elon Musk declared on Friday that the “block” function of microblogging platform “X,” formerly known as Twitter, will be removed since it “made no sense.” Elon Musk stated in response to a tweet from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley that block will be removed as a function, with the exception of direct messaging.

On the microblogging platform, engagement with some accounts is restricted using the Block function. Elon Musk wrote in a post that “Block is going to be deleted as a ‘feature’, except for DMs,” meaning that the tool will still be accessible for “direct messages” between users of the social media network formerly known as Twitter.

Elon Musk, a self-described supporter of free expression, however, received criticism from Twitter users for his choice to remove the “block” tool.

Complaints about removing the block feature on X

Netizens flagged the fact that removing the ‘block’ feature would leave Twitter users vulnerable to online harassment and cyberbullying.

“Please rethink removing the block feature. as an anti-bullying activist (and target of harassment) I can assure you it’s a critical tool to keep people safe online.” wrote on Twitter user

“This is a huge mistake. Block is a critical feature on this app. Regretted minutes would skyrocket. There are certain evil people that users just don’t want following them or replying to them. Scammers, cyber stalkers, etc. I suspect many people would abandon X if they can’t block the harassing accounts out of their lives.” wrote one Twitter user.


Another Twitter user wrote, “If @elonmusk is taking away the blocking feature on X, does that mean everyone we’ve blocked will become unblocked?”

One Twitter user also mentioned that they would have to delete their account if block feature is removed. “In the midst of a libel suit I was targeted by thirty trolls the defendant enlisted to harass me. X will be untenable for people like me, who are willing to share their identities. If he does this, I will have no choice but to retire from this site.” wrote James Wood.

Some twitter users also made sarcastic comments on the recent move. One said, “Not only did Elon Musk remove the block feature, you can now like an interesting post twice”.

One Twitter user also flagged the fact that removing the block feature was in direct violation of App store guidelines, and predicted that Elon Musk would backtrack on his statement soon saying he was ‘joking’.

Elon Musk Blocks Those Who Were Complaining

To prove his point, after all the complaints raised, Elon Musk initiated an onslaught on those who were not happy about his decision. Ironically, they are all complaining about how unfair Elon is being.

Taking to his X, Mr Musk said;

Pretty fun blocking people who complain that blocking is going away.

How does the medicine taste? 😂😂

Below are some complaints by those blocked by Elon Musk;

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