Twitter is already hiding superfluous replies to your tweets, but the company now it’s trying to hand that power to chose what stays over to the masses. Twitter software engineer ‘Jane Manchun Wong’, who has a knack for discovering what social media apps are developing mentioned the new user moderation feature in a tweet on Thursday.
Another Twitter senior product manager has long confirmed the feature is in development. The update will allow Twitter account users to hide individual responses to their tweets via the menu icon at the top right of a reply. Though, those reading along can unlock the hidden posts by following the same steps. We really don’t know if it’s still necessary at that point.
Otherwise, people won’t allow comment that amount to counter opinion to their tweet to remain visible. Another check must be giving to the new feature.
Twitter is testing replies moderation. It lets you to hide replies under your tweets, while providing an option to show the hidden replies pic.twitter.com/dE19w4TLtp
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 28, 2019
7/8 We think the transparency of the hidden replies would allow the community to notice and call out situations where people use the feature to hide content they disagree with. We think this can balance the product experience between the original Tweeter and the audience.
— Michelle Yasmeen Haq (@thechelleshock) February 28, 2019
The company’s Michelle Yasmeen Haq told the platform’s approach in a thread: “We think the transparency of the hidden replies would allow the community to notice and call out situations where people use the feature to hide content they disagree with. We think this can balance the product experience between the original Tweeter and the audience.”
Michelle Yasmeen Haq said Twitter will start testing the new feature publicly “in the coming months.” It probably helps that it now has a dedicated app to do just that.
Though not everyone agrees with Twitter’s claims that the health of conversations on its site are improving. And while it’s proactively cracking down on its most barefaced abusers, this upcoming test shows that it’s also relying on users to police their own discussions.