Twitter took a great step against abusive and harassing comments. On Thursday, Twitter rolled out “Hide Replies” Feature and now the users can hide the abusive or harassing comments/ replies with this feature. This step is taken to create a more welcoming environment on the online platform. While announcing about the feature, the head of product management Suzzanne Xie said: “The move is part of an effort to help users feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter". Hidden replies can still be spotted and dealt with by tapping on the gray icon that appears, but according to Twitter, they are no longer active parts of the main exchange. Xie said, "This way, you have more control over the conversations you start, but people can still see the entire conversation". Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based company introduced the possibility of hiding answers in some countries. This opportunity promised to help promote smarter web chats. According to Twitter, Testing has shown that Twitter is a useful tool for managing back and forth exchanges tweets. Xie said, “During testing, hidden tweets were typically considered irrelevant, off-topic, or annoying". Twitter said, "We're exploring more options around who can reply to or see specific conversations, and are testing engagement changes to see if these lead to healthier discussions".
The “Hide Replies” feature has been rolled out globally at twitter.com and in the updates of the Twitter mobile app. In September, Twitter began to separately allow users to hide unwanted direct messages, providing a new tool for abusive stimulation. For Twitter users who receive direct messages from people they do not follow on the platform, it is possible that such information instructions are automatically redirected to the secondary folder. In 2016, the platform began allowing users to remove or mute notifications based on keywords, phrases, or entire conversations that they are not interested in seeing to prevent abusive comments. For the latest tech news and blogs, follow JPLoft on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.