On Thursday, Twitter announced that it has rolled out a new feature allowing users to hide replies to their tweets.
The new feature that will allow users to hide hateful, abusive and harassing replies, giving them more control over conversations they start.
Currently, replies to a particular tweet are visible to everyone, inviting unwanted attention, hate or abuse.
“Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter,” said Suzanne Xie, director of product management at Twitter, said in a blog post.
“To make this happen, we need to change how conversations work on our service”, she added.
The hidden replies aren’t deleted. People following the thread can unlock the hidden message by clicking on a grey icon that will appear in its place.
Starting today, you can now hide replies to your Tweets. Out of sight, out of mind. pic.twitter.com/0Cfe4NMVPj
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 21, 2019
The statement carried out by Twitter also stated that people are curious to see how public figures/verified accounts are going to utilise this feature whenever they get attacked by trolls or receive hate messages.
Twitter also said that it is working on more conversation management tools around the rules of conversation spaces.
“The services are exploring more options around who can reply to or see specific conversations, and is testing engagement changes to see if these lead to healthier discussions. Twitter is committed to making sure people feel safe and comfortable talking on the platform,” Twitter added.
The option to hide replies is rolling out globally on twitter.com, Twitter Lite, iOS, Android.