Twitter rolls out international ‘disguise replies’ function to present customers extra management

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed brand for Twitter is seen on this image illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26, 2016. Information/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photograph

(Information) – Twitter Inc is globally launching a function for customers to cover sure replies on their tweets, with the intention to give individuals extra management over their conversations on the location, the corporate mentioned on Thursday.

The function, which has beforehand been examined in america, Canada and Japan, is a part of Twitter’s efforts to wash up abusive content material and make the social media platform extra user-friendly.

Throughout testing, the corporate discovered that folks principally hid replies they discovered “irrelevant, off-topic or annoying,” Suzanne Xie, director of product administration at Twitter, mentioned in a weblog publish on Thursday.

Customers will nonetheless be capable to see and have interaction with hidden replies by urgent an icon that can seem on the tweets. Xie mentioned within the weblog publish that some individuals didn’t wish to disguise replies resulting from concern of retaliation and mentioned Twitter would proceed to get suggestions on the problem.

Twitter can even test with customers who use the function whether or not they wish to block the replier.

Xie mentioned that whereas individuals had been curious to see how public figures, resembling politicians and journalists, would use the function, these individuals had been thus far not hiding replies “fairly often.”

She additionally mentioned that Twitter could be taking a look at new controls, together with choices round who can reply to or see sure conversations, to see if these would result in more healthy discussions.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford, Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien