Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter. To make this happen, we need to change how conversations work on our service. Currently, repliers can shift the topic or tone of a discussion and derail what you and your audience want to talk about. To give you more control over the conversations you start, we tested the option for you to hide replies to your Tweets. We learned that the feature is a useful new way to manage your conversations. Today, we’re making this available to everyone globally.
Here’s how it works. Anyone can choose to hide replies to their Tweets. Everyone can see and engage with hidden replies by tapping the grey icon that will appear on the Tweets. This way, you have more control over the conversations you start, but people can still see the entire conversation.
Here’s what we learned during our tests:
Looking ahead, we’re working on new controls and more clarity around the rules of conversation spaces. Soon, we’ll be launching a new hide replies endpoint so developers can build additional conversation management tools. 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. We're committed to making sure people feel safe and comfortable talking on Twitter.
The option to hide replies is rolling out globally on iOS, Android, Twitter Lite, and twitter.com. Let us know what you think!