Twitter has added a new feature to give its users the choice to either to respond or not to a message from unknown users. Now, users of the micro-blogging site can review Direct Messages from those they don't follow, giving them the option to accept or delete them.
The inbound message review feature has been there in Facebook messaging feature and app for a long time but it is coming to Twitter for the first time. However, users have to turn on a feature from the settings to let people they don't follow send texts, and then either accept or delete messages that come to your inbox.
It may be noted that the person who sends the message to you won't know whether you have viewed the message or not until you accept it. This way, Twitter users can avoid texts, pictures, videos and other content that they deem to be inappropriate. However, even if you delete a person's message, they can still send to you again in future unless they are blocked.
Twitter has announced the new Direct Messages feature but the roll out will happen gradually, which means it may come to some devices later than the others.
Twitter on iOS and Android will get the Direct Messages feature today, which means conversations from people you don't follow will be flagged as Requests in the inbox and users will have to accept to continue exchange of messages. The feature will come to Twitter.com soon.