Twitter has finally rolled out it’s “Hide Replies” feature globally on Thursday. Hide replies could be seen as abusive or harassing in the latest effort by the online platform to create a more welcoming environment. This effort will help users to “feel safe” and comfortable while talking on Twitter.
The “Hide Replies” rolled out on both Android and iOS, Twitter Lite, Twitter.com. Currently, people who reply to your tweet can shift the topic or tone of a discussion and derail what you and your audience want to talk about.
Hidden replies can still be peeked at and engaged with by tapping a grey icon that will appear, but they will no longer be active parts of the main exchange that sprang from a tweet, according to Twitter.“We’re exploring more options around who can reply to or see specific conversations, and are testing engagement changes to see if these lead to healthier discussions,” Twitter said.
The San Francisco-based company earlier this year introduced the option to hide replies to tweets in some countries, an option that promised to help foster more reasonable online conversations. Testing showed that it is a useful tool for managing the back-and-forth exchanges tweets can inspire, according to Twitter. During testing, hidden tweets were typically considered “irrelevant, off-topic, or annoying,” Xie said.
Twitter in September began letting users hide away unwanted direct messages providing a new tool to stymie abuse. Twitter users who receive direct messages from people they don’t follow on the platform can have such missives automatically routed to a secondary folder.