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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Taking a step further in boosting the user experience, popular social media website Twitter introduced a new setting, which will allow you to send and receive direct messages from anyone, even if you’re not following them.

This change has come in light after years of testing a feature that would let anyone to opt in to receive direct messages from other users on the platform. This setting was revealed broadly to a selected user base in 2013, but was out of reach for general public. However, the changes announced by Twitter today make this discrete setting available for everyone on the platform.

In order to allow anyone to send you a direct message, you need to go to your privacy settings in your Twitter account and then tick on ‘Receive direct messages from anyone.’ However, enabling this setting does not allow you to send a Direct Message to somebody who has not enabled this setting.

Lately, Twitter has also declared that it will work towards constraining abusive tweets. It will rebuild its safety policy and is amplifying the team in charge of enforcing it. It will also greatly invest in ways to detect and curb the reach of abusive content.

“As some of our users have unfortunately experienced firsthand, certain types of abuse on our platform have gone unchecked because our policies and product have not appropriately recognized the scope and extent of harm inflicted by abusive behavior,” said Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde.

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Devotees had gathered at the temple for a consecration ceremony.

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A woman cries near the body of her husband who died of suspected food poisoning at Bidarahalli, near Sulawadi village in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka state, India, Saturday. VOA

Indian officials say 11 people are dead and 93 are in the hospital after eating tomato rice that was apparently contaminated at a temple in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

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Twenty-nine of the 93 people are on ventilators, said K.H. Prasad, the health officer for Chamraj Nagar district where the temple is located.

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Samples of the food are being tested, health officer said.

Devotees had gathered at the temple for a consecration ceremony. (VOA)