tech2 News StaffMar 01, 2019 11:11:11 IST
Micro-blogging network Twitter functions as a platform which sparks off a lot of debate. While earlier the person who had tweeted did not have control over their replies, soon this is going to change. The company has announced that it is building a new feature that lets you hide replies to your tweets.
“People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start as healthy as possible by giving them some control," said Michelle Yasmeen Haq, senior product manager at Twitter.
Yasmeen said that the feature is being made to let the user who has tweeted keep the conversation healthy. Users could report, mute or block users with unsavoury replies before but hiding replies should “balance the product experience between the original Tweeter and the audience.”, said Yasmeen.
Twitter is testing replies moderation. It lets you to hide replies under your tweets, while providing an option to show the hidden replies pic.twitter.com/dE19w4TLtp
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 28, 2019
So how does one hide a reply to a tweet?
One has to go to the share option of the tweet and click on 'Hide Tweet'. You can also view older hidden tweets as well which means that the hide feature does not permanently hide the tweet as well.
"Transparency of the hidden replies would allow the community to notice and call out situations where people use the feature to hide content they disagree with,” said Yasmeen.
While it is true that replies to tweets tend to become toxic, it is also true that replies could sometimes be used to correct facts about the original tweet or putting egregious tweets from powerful people through the grinder. In any case, we should see the implementation of this feature soon enough. Like every new feature, it can be used for both good and bad. But at least, Twitter is giving the option to a lot of users to hide responses by trolls or those trying to derail the conversation with using abusive language.