Twitter rolls out "hide replies" to let you tame toxic discussions

Twitter announced today that it is giving people more control over conversations that begin with a new feature that allows them to hide the answers. The company has been testing the function in Canada and is now also implementing it in the USA. UU. And Japan The measure is part of a concerted effort that the tech giant is making to stop the spread of hate and vitriol online.

Previously, users could only manage their individual conversation experience by silencing certain keywords so that they no longer appear in notifications or blocking specific users altogether. They could not change the way others participated in the debate, which proved problematic when animated discussions inevitably began to melt.

Now, the person who tweeted the original comment decides which answers remain and which are hidden from other users. When you click on the menu to the right of a tweet, the set of normal options (hide, mute, follow) appears with "Hide response" now added to the list. Once selected, the answer will be hidden from other users, although they can still see it by clicking on an icon that shows all hidden tweets, as long as they are brave enough to pass.

Twitter first announced feature in February and began testing it in early July. "We saw that people were more likely to reconsider their interactions when their tweet was hidden," the company wrote in a new blog post today.

While the company is walking on the line between freedom of expression and civil discussions, the feature could still be controversial. Although people can theoretically see hidden answers, it allows them to adapt online discussions, hiding opposing views or corrections to erroneous information.

But Twitter is willing to risk that to regain its reputation as a place where healthy conversations and activism like the Arab Spring, #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo can thrive, without conspiracy and harassment theories. In an announcement about the launch of the function in Canada Twitter said:

Every day, people start important conversations on Twitter, from #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, to discussions about #NBAFinals or its programs Favorite TV. These conversations bring people together to debate, learn and laugh. That said, we know that annoying, irrelevant and offensive responses can derail the discussions that people want to have.

Ultimately, the success of "hiding answers" will depend on how people use it, but it could mean more friendly and more filtered conversations.

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