"To give you more control over the conversations you start, we tested the option for you to hide replies to your Tweets". People following the thread can unlock the hidden message by clicking on a gray icon that will appear in its place.
However, the micro-blogging site stated that some users have expressed that they don't want to hide replies due to the fear of retaliation as the icon remains visible for everyone.
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As anyone on Twitter knows, tweet-based conversations can quickly become messy, making it hard to keep track of actual replies amid pointless GIFs, spam messages, trolling and more. It will be interesting to see how it is used by the twitteratti going forward, but this is unlikely to be the last time you're hearing about it.
In addition to hiding the tweet, Twitter will prompt the user to choose whether they would like to block the people who shared the hidden tweet. "To make this happen, we need to change how conversations work on our service".
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"Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter".
Currently, people who reply to your tweet can shift the topic or tone of a discussion and derail what you and your audience wants to talk about. "We learned that the feature is a useful new way to manage your conversations", Twitter wrote in a blog. In Canada, where the company first started testing the feature, Twitter says 27 percent of people who had their replies hidden by another user said they would think about their actions in the future. Public figures such as politicians and journalists have not been hiding replies "very often" so far, the company added.
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In 2016, the platform began allowing users to eliminate, or mute, notifications based on keywords, phrases or entire conversations they are not interested in seeing in the effort to stem abusive comments. It also said that these were early findings and that it would continue to learn as more people use the feature. The feature is now available on the web and also both main and Twitter lite mobile apps.