SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Thursday started letting users “hide” tweeted replies, which could be seem abusive or harassing in the most recent effort by the online platform to make a more welcoming atmosphere.
The move is part of an attempt to help users “feel comfortable and safe while talking on Twitter,” head of product management Suzanne Xie said in a statement announcing the feature.
Hidden answers participated by tapping on a gray icon that will appear and can still be peeked at, but they will no longer be active parts of the exchange that sprang based on Twitter.
“In this manner, you’ve got more control over the conversations you begin, but individuals can still see the whole dialog,” Xie said.
The San Francisco-based firm earlier this year introduced the option to hide responses to tweets an alternative that promised to help boost more realistic online discussions, in some countries.
Testing revealed that it is a useful instrument for handling the back-and-forth exchanges tweets may inspire, based on Twitter.
During testing, concealed tweets were typically considered “insignificant, off-topic, or annoying,” Xie said.
“We’re exploring more options around who can reply to or see certain conversations, and are testing engagement modifications to see whether these result in healthier conversations,” Twitter said.
The hide-away attribute is rolling out worldwide at twitter.com and in upgrades to the Twitter mobile program.
Twitter started letting users hide unwanted DMs, giving a new tool to stymie abuse.
Users who receive direct messages can hold such missives routed to a secondary folder.
In 2016, the platform began allowing users to remove or mute, notifications based on conversations or keywords, phrases they aren’t interested in seeing from the effort to stem abusive comments.