My Tweet, My Rules!
In a bid to clamp down on offensive, hateful, and racist comments on Twitter, the platform will let the user hide all such replies in the conversation thread. As per a new update, the micro-blogging platform is testing a feature called ‘Hide Replies’, and this will begin with new users in Canada, following which it will be rolled out in the rest of the world.
Now, this should not be considered as an equivalent to the delete button because it just hides the replies behind an icon. However, if the followers want to see the replies, they can press the icon and see the responses.
“We’re testing a feature to hide replies from conversations. This experience will be available for everyone around the world, but at this time, only people in Canada can hide replies to their tweets,” Twitter Support posted late on Wednesday.
“They’ll be hidden from the main conversation for everyone behind a new icon. As long as it hasn’t been deleted and/or is not from an account with protected tweets, everyone can still interact with a hidden reply by clicking the icon to view,” the post further informed.
Twitter, with this new update, aims to build and develop a healthier conversation on its platform.
However, as TechCrunch reports, there could be a massive downside to the aforementioned proposal. “For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagree with their views. This would then create a ‘filter bubble’ where only people who share the original poster’s same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed,” says Tech Crunch.
Also, if a user wants, they can opt to hide all the messages and opinions which do not agree with them which can then lead to spreading fake news on the platform.
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