Twitter rolled out three new additions to its Direct Messages (DM) feature last week. These were – preview thumbnails underneath web links, typing indicators, and the ability to send and receive read receipts.


No doubt all these features have made Twitter DMs a more worthy competitor to popular instant messaging apps like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. After all, the lack of these features was seriously limiting Twitter’s ability to offer a handy platform for the exchange of instant messages.

However, not all users are fond of features such as the typing indicator and the display of read receipts. That’s primarily because a lot of users feel pressured to carry on with a conversation even if they didn’t want to if the other person knew that they had read the text.

But unlike Facebook which just doesn’t want to amend that feature despite repeated requests from users, Twitter is acting a lot cooler.

If you want to get rid of these features from your Twitter account, you can do so by simply following these steps”

For Android and iOS users

Step 1: Open the Twitter app

Step 2: Go to the “Settings” menu

Step 3: Select “Privacy and Content”

Step 4: Remove the checkmark from the option “Send/Receive Read Receipts”

For Web users

Twitter direct message options

Step 1: Click your profile icon to access the drop-down menu

Step 2: Select the “Settings” option

Step 3: Go to the “Security and Privacy” option on the side menu.

Step 4: Look for the option that reads “Send/Receive Read Receipts” in the “Privacy” section and then remove the checkmark from it.