We've been hearing for months that Twitter tested a new function aimed at improving the health of the platform: first thanks to the finding of a researcher, then in the form of an official experiment and finally as definitive functionality limited, initially, to the United States and Japan.
Finally, this Thursday, Twitter has announced the arrival worldwide of the functionality that allows you to hide responses to your tweets. A tool that the company provides users to manage their conversations on the platform more directly and efficiently.
"Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter"
Hide replies to your tweets: how the new Twitter feature works
The main motivation that Twitter has found to launch this new functionality that allows you to hide responses to your tweets is the control of own conversations. Why? Because "everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter" and yet, according to the platform itself, today "users who participate in a conversation can change the topic or tone of a conversation and deviate from the matter "that a user has raised and about which his audience wishes to speak.
The solution to this problem is the concealment of answers. Any person using Twitter can choose to hide the responses to their tweets. But, if desired, anyone will be able to see with the hidden answers by pressing the gray icon that
appear in hidden tweets and even interact with those interactions.
The answers only remain hidden, they are not deleted, so they are still accessible to everyone by pressing a button
A form of offer users greater control over the conversations they start without affecting free expression from the rest given that the community will always have the possibility to continue reading the complete conversation.
From Twitter they explain that in this time in which the functionality has been in tests they have discovered that Users hide responses mainly when they are irrelevant, are out of the question or are annoying. In addition, they say, the new option is "a new way to silence the noise" since 85% of the people who hide the answers do not block or silence and, in Canada, say that 27% of the users whose tweets were hidden They stated that they would rethink how to interact with others in the future.
From Twitter they say that the new option is "a new way to silence the given noise" that 85% of people who hide the answers do not block or silence
About what I learned during the tests, Some people stressed that they did not want to use the new functionality "for fear of reprisals". Regarding this, from Twitter point out that they will continue to pay attention to user comments and suggestions.
"Looking ahead, we are working on new management possibilities and more clearly on the rules of the conversation spaces," they comment from the company. They announce that they will soon launch a new parameter on hiding responses "so that developers can create additional conversation management tools" and that they are exploring more options "about who can answer or view specific conversations". They are also testing "changes related to interaction to see if they help a healthier conversation."