September 25, 2019, 11:23am EDT
Twitter is experimenting with a new tool that allows users to hide replies to their tweets. The feature is specifically made to hide unwanted and spam comments from a post that distract from the conversation. Here’s how it works on mobile and desktop.
Hide Twitter Replies
Start by finding a reply to one of your tweets that you want to hide. Next, click or tap on the down arrow located on the right side of the troublesome tweet.
From the menu that pops up, click or tap on “Hide reply.”
The first time you try hiding a reply, you will see the following message. Click or tap “Hide reply” again to complete the action.
The next time you try hiding a reply, the tweet will be moved to a separate location without you needing to confirm.
Unhide Twitter Replies
Tweets with hidden replies will have a “hidden reply” icon somewhere alongside the status’ other details. Anyone viewing your tweet will be able to see the icon and view the hidden responses.
To unhide a reply from your tweet, click or tap on the “hidden reply” button.
Next, locate the reply you wish to unhide and then click or tap on the down arrow associated with the tweet.
Click or tap “Unhide reply.”
The once-hidden tweet will now be shown under the original tweet.
Twitter’s radical “Hide Replies” feature, one of the biggest changes to how Twitter works since the invention of the Retweet, is now available to Twitter’s global user base. The company says the feature will roll out to all Twitter users across platforms by today, with only one slight tweak since earlier tests.
Designed to balance the conversation on Twitter by putting the original poster back in control of which replies to their tweets remain visible, Hide Replies has been one of Twitter’s more controversial features to date. While no replies are actually deleted from Twitter when a user chooses to hide them, they are placed behind an extra click. That means the trolling, irrelevant, insulting or otherwise disagreeable comments don’t get to dominate the conversation.
Twitter’s thinking is that if people know that hateful remarks and inappropriate behavior could be hidden from view, it will encourage more online civility.
However, the flip side is that people could use the “Hide Replies” feature to silence their critics or stifle dissent, even when warranted — like someone offering a fact check, for example.
The feature was first tested in Canada in July, then in the U.S. and Japan this September, across both web and mobile platforms.
Since its launch, Twitter found that most people hide the replies they find irrelevant, off-topic or annoying. It also found people were using this instead of harsher noise reduction controls, like block or mute. In Canada, 27% of surveyed users who had their tweets hidden said they would reconsider how they interacted with others in the future, which is a somewhat promising metric.
The feature is, however, getting a slight change with its global debut. Twitter says some people wanted to take further action after hiding a reply, so now it will check to see if they want to block the replier, too. It also heard from some users that they were afraid of retaliation because the icon remains visible. It’s not making a change on that front at this time, but is still considering how to address this.
Another concern that was often mentioned on Twitter as the new feature first rolled out was the large pop-up notification that appears when users encountered a tweet with hidden replies.
Some people found the notification was so large and disruptive that it actually encouraged people to pay more attention to the hidden replies than they would otherwise.
What is the point of people hiding unwanted tweet replies if twitter fills the screen with a giant pop-up calling attention to the fact that there are replies they have hidden, which can still be clicked through to view anyway? pic.twitter.com/YBy47jdZcN
I wonder if this pop up makes people more likely to pay attention to hidden replies than if they were never hidden in the first place https://t.co/FCECR6Fi0C
I like the idea of @Twitter’s new hidden replies feature, but this pop up actually draws way more attention to the messages an author has chosen to hide. pic.twitter.com/xOAkV9OtJU
Twitter says this screen only displays the first time a Twitter user encounters a tweet with hidden replies, however. Afterward, an icon will show people replies are hidden — and those are hidden on another page, not below the tweet.
But even though that’s a one-time notification, the attention it demands from the user outweighs the information it’s trying to convey — essentially, that Twitter has launched a new feature and here’s where to find it. And if someone is engaged in trolling, being told that this particular Twitter user is hiding replies could enrage them even more.
In addition to the global rollout, Twitter says it will soon be launching a new hide replies endpoint in its API so developers can build additional conversation management tools.
And Twitter notes it will be testing other changes to conversations, including more options around who can reply or even see specific conversations, as well as engagement changes designed to encourage healthier conversations.
“Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter,” writes Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of Product Management, who recently joined by way of an acquisition. “To make this happen, we need to change how conversations work on our service,” she says.
Twitter’s development in this area is interesting because it’s actively experimenting with ways to encourage civility on a platform that’s known for hot takes, sarcasm, snark and outrage. It’s willing to change and evolve its features over time as it learns what works and scrap changes that don’t. It has even been running a beta product (twttr) in parallel with Twitter, to try new ideas. If Twitter is ever able to turn things around by way of its feature set, it would be a marvel of product management.
Twitter users now hold other users’ comments in their own hands. A new feature allows Twitter users to “hide” negative or mean comments posted on their tweets. The feature has been available for some time in Canada but is just being introduced in the United States and Japan.
The goal seems to be to make conversations less volatile on the social media platform. The site described the update as part of its ongoing mission to “give people more control over their Twitter experience.” The Twitter team also explained that they have ” developed different features over the years–from block, muting keywords and accounts, to notifications filters–so that everyone can tailor their experience to make Twitter work best for them,” in a blog post Thursday.
Not only does the new feature give users the ability to curate a conversation, but it also offers a potential benefit on the commenter’s side. Twitter claimed “27 percent of people who had their [comments] hidden said they would reconsider how they interact with others in the future,” meaning a handful of negative commenters were likely to reconsider their wording or tone before posting again.
So how can users utilize the new feature? Twitter users can only hide replies to tweets they originally published. This means a user cannot silence any commenter on a third party’s post.
On tweets the user posted via their Twitter profile, a new option to “hide replies” is active in the tweet’s drop-down menu. This can be found by hitting a small “V” shaped icon in the top right corner of the tweet. This is possible on either the main tweet or on the replies themselves.
Users simply hit “hide reply” to remove the comment from the tweet’s feed, or “unhide reply” to reinstate it. In order to view all hidden responses on any tweet, a new button will be added in the lower righthand corner. A comment that the comment is unavailable will replace it in the public feed.
Early reactions to the update among Twitter users were predictably mixed. Some tweeted about their new power lightheartedly, while others said they’d rather continue seeing harsh or even offensive replies.
uh oh the hide replies from tweet function is here
the authors of tweets can now selectively hide replies they receive, but if you click this button you can see what was hidden, and how someone might be manufacturing their own influence pic.twitter.com/otMVewYEt2
I don’t want to hide (or mute, or whatever you call it) offensive replies. I want to see them, report them, and block them. Being trolled behind my back is the worst of all possible situations. https://t.co/fNAGCg969k
They let people âhide repliesâ now but you can also âview hidden repliesâ the point? There isnât
Some changes from the test run among Canadian users have already been instated. Users will be informed if the author of a tweet hides their comments after Twitter received complaints from users whose comments disappeared without warning during the original trial. When a comment is hidden, the commenter will receive a notice that asks if they’d like to block the account that hid their tweet. If they do, the user who chose to hide hide the reply will never be able to unhide it, according to Twitter.
Twitter has its fair share of trolls, fanboys, anti-fanboys, and more. Sometimes even a Tweet that you put out with the best intentions receives hate replies and irrelevant, ugly comments. Most of these are from strangers who do not want to debate but simply abuse.
In such scenarios, the ability to hide a Twitter reply may be a good idea to keep the discussion clean and polite for other people. So here is how you can hide Twitter replies to your Tweets on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Web.
Note: The method for Web and other phones is similar.
How to Hide Twitter Replies on iPhone, iPad, Android and Web
Step #1. Launch the Twitter app on your iPhone and open the Tweet that has the reply which you wish to hide. Or, if you see the reply in your Twitter Notifications, tap on it.
Step #2. Tap on the small down arrow next to the name of the person who made the comment.
Step #3. Now, tap on Hide reply.
Note: If this is the first time you are hiding a reply, you will see a pop-up explaining you how this feature works. Tap on Hide Reply here too.
That’s it! After this, you will also see a pop-up asking if you would like to block that person.
All Hidden replies are moved to a separate page. Anyone can view them by tapping on the hidden reply icon on that Tweet.
If you would like to unhide the reply, you have to go on your Tweet that has the hidden response and tap on the hidden reply icon. Now, tap on the arrow next to the person’s name and select Unhide reply.
So this is how you can hide replies to your Tweets on the Twitter iPhone app.
Disadvantages of Hiding a Twitter Reply
Though the motive behind letting a user hide replies to their Tweets is good, the execution is somewhat flawed. See, the reply you hide is removed from all the replies below your tweet and moved to a separate page that anyone can tap and see. This makes the nasty hidden response stand out from the rest.
Suppose you make a tweet that gets twenty replies. Now, if you hide two bad replies, they are removed from the regular comments list and moved to a separate page, which anyone can see. So, instead of these replies being mixed among other normal replies, they are listed separtely which makes these replies even more accessible and noticeable.
Furthermore, a person who reads the comments you have hidden on your Tweet, can know what types of lines and words affect you. There may be various outcomes for this. Let me tell you one incident that I saw first-hand on Twitter.
Some people had written ‘Aunty,’ ‘Oldie,’ and such similar replies for a young journalist on her Tweet. Now she hid a few of these replies from her tweet. But the end result was worse. A small number of people took screenshots of the hidden replies and tweeted it with comments like ‘She doesn’t like to be called Aunty’ etc. It made the situation worse.
So this is one thing Twitter needs to address. I agree that giving the ability to delete a reply would mean that people would start removing even responses with slight criticism or constructive criticism. But nevertheless, Twitter needs to work on the current ‘hide replies option’ and come up with some better solution.
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Manage replies by topic
Through the hide replies endpoint, you can build integrations to help people and brands keep their conversation on topic. This page shows how to manage a conversation using the hide replies andВ recent searchВ endpoints.
Recent search has functionality to a conversation and its replies, and the Tweet payload returnsВ Tweet annotationsВ to help you understand the context and topic of each Tweet, regardless of language.
The app’s flow will have controls to display and manage a conversation:
- It asks the userвЂ™s permission to read their Tweets and manage their replies.
- It pulls a recent conversation from a Tweet URL, and checks that the conversation is from the authenticating user.
- It will call the recent search endpoint to display each Tweet in the conversation. The request will include a conversation ID search query and the annotation expansion to determine if the Tweet is sports-related or not, according to Twitter’s interpretation of the Tweet.
- It calls Hide replies to hide a reply when the user chooses to do so. It will also provide a way to undo this action in case, so that the user is always in control.В
- For longer conversations, it will provide controls to paginate through search results.
Optimize for the user (and for usage)
You can design a flow in a way that puts the user in control of any action they intend to make. Keeping this principle in mind also helps you build an integration that can optimize for Tweet consumption.
- Because the authenticated user can only manage conversations they started, your flow should terminate early when that’s not the case.
- Make an initial Tweet lookup request. Terminate the flow early if the Tweet URL is not valid or the conversation was not started by the authenticating user.
- This way, your app doesn’t have to make a recent search request if the conversation cannot be moderated by the authenticated user.
- Request user and Tweet fields in the same request to avoid making separate requests. This approach can also improve your app’s performance.
- Avoid making requests when needed. This app caches a reply’s hidden status in the user’s browser. This is useful for larger conversations, where the user may want to pick up their moderation efforts at a later stage, and it helps your app optimize requests to hide or unhide replies.
In a bid to make public conversations healthier, Twitter is giving more users the ability to hide replies on their posts.
The feature was originally being tested with people in Canada, but now, the microblogging site has confirmed that the test is being expanded to other regions, starting with the US and Japan.
Here’s all you need to know about it.
New option to hide replies
The ability to hide replies comes in the form of a dedicated ‘Hide reply’ button that appears in the drop-down showing options for following, muting, or blocking a tweeted response.
Whenever the original poster of a tweet clicks on this option for any tweet, the post in question would be hidden for all others looking at the conversation.
However, it won’t delete the replies for good
The feature has been designed to make conversations healthier by letting users silence obnoxious trolls or people hurling abuses on their posts without any reason.
However, it’s imperative to note that the capability won’t delete comments permanently.
It will only hide the remarks, which would be accessible through a new icon appearing at the right side of the original tweet.
Here’s how the feature works
This would ensure transparency in conversations, says Twitter
Twitter says that while the hide button would give users control over their conversations, the secondary option to view hidden tweets would ensure that the main capability isn’t exploited.
Essentially, there will be an element of transparency between the original tweeter and audience, which would prevent people from hiding their own inappropriate/hate comments or silencing dissenting opinions, like those of people commenting against politicians.
No word on global launch yet
Having said that, you should understand that this capability is only being tested in the US, Japan, and Canada at this stage.
Canadians have given a positive response to the feature, noting that it helped them hide abusive or irrelevant tweets. But, the capability still remains experimental, and there is no word on when or if it will hit other regions.
As with most social media, Twitter is an open platform where users are free to reply to tweets from friends and complete strangers alike. Although this can be a good thing, encouraging a sense of community and fostering balanced discussion, a few bad eggs can make unwelcome and unwarranted replies. In these instances, you’ll want to know how to hide Twitter replies in order to keep your tweets free from anything inappropriate. Here’s everything you need to know about hiding replies on Twitter.
How to hide a reply to your tweet
If you’re the original author of a tweet and receive an unwanted reply, you can hide (and later unhide, should you choose to) the message without notifying the author of the offending reply.
How to hide Twitter replies
- Open up Twitter
- Navigate to your profile page
- Locate the tweet with the reply you wish to hide
- Select the down arrow to the right of the relevant reply
- Locate, select, and then confirm the “Hide reply” option
Can people still see hidden replies?
It’s important to note that hiding a reply doesn’t remove it completely. The original tweet you authored will gain a hidden replies icon in the lower right portion, which can be selected in order to read any hidden tweets. This is likely a precaution to prevent users from too tightly controlling their message and/or quelling valid concerns or criticisms from other members of the Twitter community.
Keeping this in mind, if you’d like to unhide a hidden reply it’s possible to do so by following these steps.
Remove content from view
November 25, 2019
Twitter recently added the ability for users to hide replies to their tweets. While this doesn’t delete the replies, it moves them to a separate page so that they’re not visible when viewing the original tweet. Our guide will show you how to hide a reply in the Twitter mobile application.
Note: These screenshots were captured in the Twitter app on iOS.
Step 1: Tap the down arrow (“v”) in the top-right corner of the reply you wish to hide.
Step 2: Tap “Hide reply.”
Step 3: If this is the first time you’ve hidden a reply, tap “Hide reply” on the confirmation window that appears.
Once you’ve hidden a reply, Twitter will ask you if you also want to block the user who posted it. You can tap “No” or “Yes, block,” depending on your preference.
If you use Twitter very well you must have been curious as to how to hide replies on Twitter. On Twitter, people take no prisoners, there are savages and they attack you on your tweets. Twitter is like an open-world game where anyone can tweet and post whatever they want behind their keypads. In an effort to give people control over their conversation on the platform, Twitter began testing Hidden Replies and it’s available in the US and Japan already.
In a blog post. The microblogging platform said. “Earlier this year we started testing a way to give people more control over the conversations they start. Today, we’re expanding this test to Japan and the United States!” It further stated, “With this test, we want to understand how conversations on Twitter change if the person who starts a conversation can hide replies.”
After carrying out the test, Twitter says it found out being able to hide replies improved conversations on the platform. It also helped in maintaining the conversation when others try to make it irrelevant.
With that being said, we will let you know how to hide replies on Twitter.
How to Hide Replies on Twitter
- When people reply to your tweet, it becomes a thread on Twitter. To see responses to the tweet, you have to open it and scroll down.
- On the reply/response you want hidden, tap on the menu option on the righthand side of that particular Reply.
- From the menu, you will see the option “Hide reply”. When you tap on it, that particular response will be hidden.
When people view your original tweet, they won’t see the hidden responses when the replies to your tweet are opened. They can still see hidden replies however if they want to, Twitter provides a “View hidden replies” option.
This is how to hide replies on Twitter. With this, people can control how trolls interact with their tweets and have the chance of passing their messages across without interruption.
It is not cleared when the feature will be available globally but we expect it won’t be long.