The move comes following the recent controversy over the social network giant’s handling of death threats to Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Twitter has reportedly announced that it would launch the “Hide Replies” feature in June to allow users to hide replies on their tweets. In February, the company had confirmed its plans to launch the feature. It has also announced some other changes in the documentation and reporting process.
According to The Wrap, Twitter termed this feature as an experiment to offer people more control over their conversations. It will enable users to hide certain responses on their tweet thread. The hidden replies will only be viewable to other users through a new menu option.
The Hide Replies feature will reportedly put the original poster of the conversation in control to hide the tweets. The feature can be controversial as the poster can hide dissenting options and fact-checked clarifications also. Simultaneously, trolling comments and hateful remarks can also be hidden from the tweet.
The new feature will encourage people to present their opinions in a better way and less abusive fashion. This will shift the balance of power back to the poster without an overcorrection.
Michelle Yasmeen Haq, Executive, Twitter, reportedly said that people use mute, report and block tools to keep the conversation healthy, but these tools don’t address the issue always. Mute and block can only change the experience of the blocker, and report only works for the content violating Twitter’s policies, she further added.
The move comes following the recent controversy over the social network giant’s handling of death threats to Rep. Ilhan Omar. Twitter had left the tweets online for the investigation by law enforcement. But the move raised questions against Twitter handling threats to a user’s life in the future.
Reportedly, Twitter recently shared self-reported metrices to show the progress. It shows that 38% of abusive content has been handled proactively, 16% fewer abuse reports, 60% faster response rates to appeals request through its in-app appeal process, 3x more suspension of abusive accounts within 24 hours.