Twitter has announced that it will "experiment" with a new feature that lets users hide responses to their tweets starting in June, as noted by TechCrunch . The feature – which basically allows users to make conversations in response to their tweets – was first noted by researcher Jane Manchun Wong earlier this year.
If you assume that the feature is similar to the originally advertised version, it would allow users to collapse responses to their tweets and hide them from the immediate point of view (although the tweets would still be there, visible to anyone who wants to manually expand them). There is much potential that this feature can provide. It can, for example, give users the opportunity to hide trolls seeking to track calls online.
As my colleague Nick Statt noted when the feature was first revealed this year, users gave more control can lead to misuse of the function by hiding responses from users who disagree with it.
"People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start as healthy as possible by giving them some control," says Michelle Yasmeen Haq, senior product manager at Twitter to explain the function back in February . "We are already seeing people trying to keep their conversations healthy by using blocks, muting and reporting, but these tools don't always address the problem. Blocking and muting just changes the blocker's experience, and the report only works for content that violates our policy."
Twitter also announced that it would "continue to improve our technology to help us review content that violates our rules faster and before it is reported, especially those who Tweet private information, threats and other types of abuse," even if the company have not provided too many details on what the changes will mean.