On this present day, Twitter has confirmed that it is developing a new “Hide Tweet” feature, the reason behind this new feature is it gives users more protection to protect their conversations. This feature is situated in Twitter’s code, available from a list of constraint choices that will arrive only when you click on the “Share” button placed on a tweet, an update to an icon, it looks. Like it sounds, “Hide Tweet” feature as the next best option to soften the incoming message sound or blocking a user, and also offers, some control over a conversation.
Belonging to this, an option to “View Hidden Tweets” was also discovered to be in the works. It actually allows users to unhide those specific tweets, which were hidden by the original poster earlier.
Jane Manchun Wong unpacks everything for glitches and features and she is the only person, who had announced the “Hide Tweet” feature and also who tweeted about it, on this Thursday.
Jane Manchun Wong informed that she discovered the ‘Hide’ feature within the code of the Twitter Android application.
After watching the comment, Twitter told that several employees would shortly tweet out more context about the feature, but all these tweets are not going to be published publicly, until this evening.
As per the information given by a Twitter spokesperson that ‘Hide’ feature is something that the company is actively working on, for a long time.
Instantly, there were anxieties that such an option would allow users to silence their detractors, not only for themselves, as is possible with today’s tweaking and blocking – but those who read through a stream of Twitter answers for anyone. For instance, if a controversial politician started hiding the tweets that they did not like or who denied the insulting claim with the investigation of a fact, that people said.
Basically, it also needs the users to tap to view the Replies that were already hidden, and several users might not know, how to do it and many others might not try to do so. That’s why they miss out an essential point in the conversation or a crucial fact check.
On the other hand, keeping the original poster back in control of which replies are visible, can allow people to feel more comfortable with sharing on Twitter, which can affect user development, a several Twitter makes violent efforts to get free today. And it can stimulate and boost people to debate things with little bitter criticism, knowing that their nastier tweets can get a hidden view.
But after some time, Wong published the code reference by his own, where this ‘Hide’ feature is described as a “moderation” action indicating it’s deeper about the health of the conversation as a complex, not a private setting.
We do not clearly understand from the first screenshot by Jane Manchun Wong if the “Hide Tweet” button was a feature that hides the tweet from everyone points of view, or only to the person, who has taped the button.
On this last Thursday evening (after the publication of this post, which has been edited to reflect additional details), Twitter’s senior PM Michelle Yasmeen Haq posted a thread stating the Hide Tweet feature of Twitter.
She wrote: “All of us, usually hear from heavy Tweeters that they want to be able to protect their conversations…
Personalities who begin 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.
All of us, imagine conversations as an ecosystem of different groups: authors, replies, the audience, and the platform. We try to balance the experience across all four groups, and we are continuously exploring ways to shift the balance without overcorrecting.
All of us, already see people trying to keep their conversations healthy by using block, mute, and report, but these tools don’t always address the issue. Stop and mute only change the experience of the blocker, and report only works for the content that violates our policies.
By this particular feature, the person who started a conversation could choose to hide replies to their tweets. The hidden replies would be viewable by others through a menu option.
All of us, 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.
In the next months, we plan to start testing this publicly so stay tuned for more and keep telling us what you think!”
The shocking or you can say the irritating part about this discovery is, it was discovered at the time when Twitter was going through a process, in which Twitter wants to enhance the overall conversation health on its platform.
According to the latest interview, CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey admitted that it puts the main and most of the pressure on the victims of abuse, which was indicating towards ‘a major failure’. And he also said that Twitter is looking towards a new method to proactively support and promote health, so blocking and reporting were the newest options.
The type which users, want “Hide Tweet” button, does not seems to fit like that, into the plan, basically, it needs users straight involvement with the moderation process.
And we can not also, forget about the “hidden tweets” feature of some kind in Twitter already has.
In 2018, the company launched the latest filtering strategy to hide tweets causing or tending to cause disruption, which takes into account various behavioral indications – such as whether the account was verified by its email, often those accounts are often blocked or tweeted. That does not follow it back, for example. If Twitter has discovered that the tweet should be downranked, it will move it to its sole part of the reply thread under the “Show More Replies” button.
As we all are aware that Twitter tests several of things which never released for the public.