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Twitter feature will let you hide replies to your tweets
Twitter is now working on one of the feature of them that gives permission to the users to hide their replies in tweets. An expert on reverse engineering apps, Jane M. Wong has discovered this feature and shared their screenshots of the issue.
It is confirmed from a senior product manager at Twitter that the company is indeed working on this feature while also adding more context.
The feature design is such kind of design that gives a user to get more control over the conversations around their tweets:
“We often hear from heavy Tweeters that they want to be able to protect their conversations…
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.”
There are some features in twitter already that has block, mute, and report. However, they don’t address issues the way the new moderation feature is intended to.
“Block and mute only change the experience of the blocker, and report only works for the content that violates our policies.
With this feature, the person who started a conversation could choose to hide replies to their tweets. The hidden replies would be viewable by others through a menu option.”
So, while tweets would be hidden, they would not completely disappear.
It is kind of same to a down-voted reply on Reddit though arguably less democratic.
It will be hidden when the Reddit community collectively down-votes a reply to a thread, but still can be viewed as manual way. By this moderation feature, you have the full control over hiding replies to the tweets.
Twitter’s product manager somewhat acknowledges that :
“We think the 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. We think this can balance the product experience between the original Tweeter and the audience.”
There is starting a fair amount of controversy because some of twitter users against the feature. But in other side, there is a merit that it could be useful for reducing the visibility of trolls and others tweeting abusive comments.
Twitter is now planning to test the feature publicly in the coming months. Let’s see how people choose to make use of it.
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