Twitter Tests Letting Users Hide Replies to Their Tweets

Joanna Estrada
September 20, 2019

Twitter said the ability to hide tweets would give users "more control" over their conversations.

Twitter said it was now expanding its test area to determine if the "Hide Replies" feature will continue to be met with positive feedback from users.

To hide a reply, users in the USA and Japan can now click on a gray downward arrow on the right-hand corner of a tweet and then click on an option that says "Hide reply". If someone else wants to see the tweets that the thread initiator hid from the reply stream, they can tap an icon to the far right of the original tweet. The social media site can be a "toxic place" especially for female journalists and politicians, according to a 2018 study by Amnesty International and Element AI. Such was the case as Twitter began testing hidden replies in Canada beginning in July. Users mostly have been using the tool to hide replies to tweets that are "irrelevant, abusive or unintelligible".

"We saw that people were more likely to reconsider their interactions when their tweet was hidden: 27 per cent of people who had their tweets hidden said they would reconsider how they interact with others in the future", said Twitter.

The company has not stated its timeline for rolling out the "Hide Replies" feature internationally.

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