Twitter to Introduce a ‘Hide Replies’ feature

Twitter to Introduce a ‘Hide Replies’ feature

Years later, still no edit tweet option…but

As part of its latest moderation push, Twitter announced  this week that it will be rolling out a new ‘hide replies’ starting in June. “We’ll be experimenting with ways to give people more control over their conversations by giving them an option to hide replies to their tweets’, said the social site’s Vice President, Donald Hicks and director, David Gasca.

The new feature will make tweet replies from potential cyber bullies ‘invisible’. This experimental feature will be different from the current block and mute features- both of which are found on Facebook and Instagram-  hence giving Twitter the upper hand in curbing social media’s dark sides.

Michelle Yasmeen Haq, a senior product manager at Twitter had this to say in February, “People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start as healthy as possible by giving them some control.”

Freedom from abuse and spam has been the Twitter’s top priority over the past year after their purge, which saw accounts lose huge number of followers,  including KFCB’s Ezekiel Mutua who lost over 50,000 followers. The same has also seen the reduction of the follow/unfollow limit from 1000 to 400. Early this month, a new feature was introduced to allow users to appeal directly within the App by tweeting what they deem to be in violation of Twitter’s rules leading to suspension or lockout of the account.




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