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Twitter is Building a “Hide Reply” Feature to Give Users More Control Over Their Conversations


Twitter is introducing a new “hide reply” feature to its platform in order to give users more access to monitor unnecessary conversation on their handle.

“People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start (remain) as healthy as possible by giving them some control,” Senior Product Manager Michelle Yasmeen Haq tweeted on Thursday.

The feature won’t allow users to hide the replies permanently, however, it would make them difficult to be spotted, ensuring hate replies do not ruin the substance of the tweet.

“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…,” Haq said.

“In the coming months, we plan to start testing this publicly,” Haq said, adding that she believes that it would ensure the balance between the original writer and the audience.

Twitter has been actively introducing new features like block, mute and report buttons in order to maintain civilized opinions on the platform.

Haq, however, stated that the block and mute buttons only change the blocker’s experience and the report feature only applies to the content that violates app policies.

The platform is also considering adding an Edit button to the platform that will allow users to modify their tweet within 15-30 seconds of posting, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey said earlier. Jack Dorsey revealed the plans during a podcast interview with Joe Rogan.

During this discussion, editable tweets were mentioned–a feature that has been long requested by Twitter users but to no avail, so far.

Jack Dorsey did not go into details about the feature, nevertheless, he acknowledged the demand and touched upon the subject slightly.

During the podcast, Rogan raised an idea of Twitter letting its users edit their tweets in order to curb the spreading of misinformation and Dorsey while addressing the question said that is “exactly” what they are working on. Replying to Rogan’s question, Dorsey said that Twitter will feature “The ability to edit, like if you make a typo or something like that. But also the ability for people to see the original”.

Meanwhile, Twitter is working closely with the poll panel in India to address the bias issues raised against the microblogging site, Colin Crowell, Global Vice President of Public Policy of Twitter, said on Tuesday.

Colin was present before a parliamentary panel on Monday following a complaint alleging “anti-right wing” bias on Twitter.

A parliamentary panel on Information and Technology had also asked Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, to be present before the panel to attend a hearing on Monday to discuss citizens’ rights on social media. Nevertheless, Instead of Dorsey, global Vice President of Public Policy of Twitter, Colin Crowell presented himself before the Parliamentary Committee headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur. The meeting lasted about three and a half hours during which Crowell answered a few questions and asked for a 10 day grace period to answer some of the other questions.

“The Lok Sabha elections should be free and fair. There should not be the kind of complaints as in the US,” Thakur told reporters later. “There should be real-time compliance,” he added.


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