A computer engineer Jane Manchun Wong has detected a secret feature in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) that allows users to hide the responses to their tweets from other users. Many celebrities and prominent figures have been scouting for this feature on social media platform for long. The stock has dropped by 0.52% to trade to at $30.62.
Users can prevent abuse
Twitter now allows users to hide the replies from other users and prevent abuse and online trolls. The platform does not show the comments automatically, but the users can still read the hidden comments.
Twitter Censors free speech
Many users expressed that newly introduced feature on Twitter censors free speech. Jane, who first spotted the new feature, said the social media giant is testing the moderation of replies. She accidentally detected the word ‘hide tweet’ in the code of an app, and Twitter confirmed the addition of a new feature.
Yasmeen Haq, Senior Product Manager of Twitter, expressed thanks to Jane and said the company is adding a new comfort to the users. It is in response to the request from heavy users. The users can now have control on replies to their tweets while allowing the genuine replies. But, some feel that the new feature distorts the truth.
Twitter created four groups: the audience, repliers, authors, and the platform to categorize the conversations. The microblogging platform is finding ways to prevent overcorrecting. Now the users could hide uncomfortable content to their tweets. The new feature would be tested for public soon.
The users now need not mute or block a tweet. They can hide the tweet with a new feature. It is possible to visit the visit the hidden tweets at a later date by clicking on ‘View Hidden Tweets.’ Twitter plans to introduce this new feature to promote a healthy conversation. In the past, the microblogging platform introduced features like mute and block to ensure healthy conversation, but that did not meet the aim.
Many people use Twitter to express their feelings escaping the controls put in place in a country. It allows control over what and who to see. But introducing anti-LGBT emoji disrupts this safety.