Social media platform Twitter rolled out a fix to a recent update that removed the “@ reply” function for some users that previously left testers unhappy.
Previously, placing an @ symbol in front of a person’s Twitter username tags them in a tweet and sends them a notification. Twitter claimed they accidentally released an update that removed the @ reply function for iOS users.
The official Twitter support account tweeted about the incident and stated that the update was “an experiment”:
Today, an experiment around replies accidentally went out to everyone on iOS briefly. Upside, we got helpful feedback – we’re listening!
— Twitter Support (@Support) December 9, 2016
Many users reported their disdain for the update:
@Support It needs to be reversed. It's terrible
— susan vavrick (@edit_susan) December 9, 2016
— Sam Sabri (@samsabri) December 9, 2016
. @Support why are you like this
— Polly Mosendz (@polly) December 9, 2016
The update has been rolled back, and Twitter is back to using the same username mention format that it seems many people have grown extremely attached to.