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The social media platform Twitter today announced a test of its controversial option to hide replies in conversations.

In this test, instead of eliminating offensive or unwanted answers forever, the new option allows users to hide them individually both on the app and on the desktop version.

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Twitter said that the ability to hide tweets would allow users “more control” over their conversations, while the most critical say that this feature would allow users to silence dissenting voices.

Twitter has already started implementing new features (for testing purpose), can be seen in screenshots below.

The test is currently active in the United States and Japan, however the “hide replies” function is not permanent and based on the test result Twitter may decide to abandon the functionality.

Last summer, the company performed the same test in Canada and the findings were encouraging. Users mainly concealed irrelevant, offensive or incomprehensible responses, and more than 27 percent of users who saw their answers hidden acknowledged that they would think more about how they interact with other people.

Izaan Zubair
Izaan's inquisitive in technology drove him to launch his website Tech Lapse. He usually writes pieces on emerging technology, anime, programming and alike niches. He can be reached at [email protected]
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