New York (The Verge) — Twitter rolls out ‘hide replies’ to let you tame toxic discussions theverge.com/2019/9/19/2087….
Twitter’s “Hide replies” feature launched in the US and Japan. The company has been testing it in Canada since July, with the goal of making online conversations friendlier.
Previously, users could only manage their individual experience of a conversation by muting certain keywords so they no longer showed up in notifications, or by blocking specific users altogether. They couldn’t change how others engaged in the debate, which proved problematic when lively discussions inevitably began to melt down.
Now, the person who tweeted the original comment gets to decide which replies stay and which are hidden from other users. Clicking on the right hand menu of a tweet brings up the set of normal options (hide, mute, follow) with “Hide reply” now added to the list. Once selected, the reply will be hidden from other users, though they can still see it by clicking on an icon that brings up all the hidden tweets, so long as they’re brave enough to wade through. — Zoe Schiffer/@verge