Twitter has decided to make their “hide replies” function globally available.
This function allows users to hide replies on their tweets that annoy them or they find insulting. The function was first trialled in Canada in July this year and then in the U.S and Japan in September.
Starting today, you can now hide replies to your Tweets. Out of sight, out of mind. pic.twitter.com/0Cfe4NMVPj
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 21, 2019
The replies don’t get hidden completely, rather users will have to specifically click to reveal them, much like is required when Twitter hides a comment that uses strong expletive filled language.
According to TechCrunch, Twitter has implemented this function as it hopes that if people know their hateful remarks could be hidden, they will reconsider before posting them. Others have raised concern that this might lead to censorship.
When a user goes onto a tweet thread that has hidden messages, they are greeted by a pop-up notification explaining the new protocol. In their tests overseas, users found this annoying and some even said it made them more inclined to go read hidden messages.
In the global rollout, Twitter isn’t removing this notification but when a user hides a reply they will also be prompted by Twitter to decide if they want to block the replier as well.
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