Social media networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to some extent has become one of the easy targets for trolls, fake news and spreading negative comments.
To fight it out, various platforms are coming up with new features that would allow users to better control the privacy of their conversations. In this regard, the micro-blogging website Twitter is working a feature called “Hide Replies”, starting with users in Canada which will be rolled out globally.
We’re testing a feature to hide replies from conversations. This experience will be available for everyone around the world, but at this time, only people in Canada can hide replies to their Tweets.
We want to know what you think. Please Tweet us your feedback and questions! https://t.co/H7iMtEhCUP
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 17, 2019
With this feature, users will be able to hide replies in the conversation threads that are negative or offensive. Having said that, followers can still see the hidden replies just by pressing the new icon. According to the micro-blogging website, this feature enables users to have a more healthy conversation.
A few hours later, Twitter updated, “Update: we’re turning off the experiment on Android to fix some crash issues we’ve run into. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s back on”
Update: we’re turning off the experiment on Android to fix some crash issues we’ve run into. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s back on! https://t.co/bnOmSzCP2f
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 18, 2019
All said and done, it is unclear when it might expand to other countries. Rolling out this feature depends more on the feedback it receives through the test. Lately, Twitter introduced several changes to its platform including a dedicated ‘Report’ option, ability to Retweet with GIF, photos and video as well.