Twitter, a new feature will hide replies to tweets

The microblogging platform is testing new features to improve the user experience. One of them allows you to mute trolls

Among the many changes and new features long requested by Twitter users is definitely the ability to delete replies to their tweets. Even on the social network of the bird, in fact, trolls and hater are not lacking and it can happen that one's own tweet is flooded with irrelevant or even offensive responses.

At the moment the only thing you can do is to block a user, but soon a function of moderation of responses could arrive a little (but not much) more refined: the ability to hide the responses to their tweets. The feature was first noticed by cybersecurity expert Jane Manchun Wong, who has 15 thousand followers on Twitter and is overwhelmed by unwanted comments, and confirmed by Twitter itself to TechCrunch. Wong found out that the "Hide tweets" feature would be in the testing phase and this was then confirmed, not to mention with another tweet, also by Michelle Yasmeen Haq, a senior product manager at Twitter.

How the hide tweets will work

In a series of eight tweets Haq explained, "We often hear from regular tweeters that they want to be able to protect their conversations. People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to enable them to make sure the conversations start as healthy as possible by giving them some control. [...] We already see people trying to keep conversations healthy by using Block, Silence and Report, but those tools don't always solve the problem. [...] We think transparency of hidden responses would allow the community to notice and call out situations where people are using the feature to hide content they disagree with. [...] With this feature, the person who started a conversation could choose to hide responses to their tweets. The hidden replies could be viewed by others via a menu option. [...] In the coming months, we plan to start testing it publicly, so stay tuned for more information and keep telling us what you think!"

With this move the social aims to protect users, but also itself: there have been, in the recent past, cases of celebrities and users with many followers who have decided to leave Twitter because they could no longer tolerate the disturbance created by rude and provocateurs. And if VIPs run away from Twitter, it's not a good thing for Twitter either.