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Twitter Testing a Re-design Layout for its Desktop Appearance

The micro-blogging platform first announced that it would be rolling out a new, simplified desktop redesign to its users earlier in January

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Micro-blogging site Twitter is testing a re-design layout for its desktop appearance, shuffling the positions of its in-app sections like Trends and navigation.

As part of the experimental re-design, Twitter divides the desktop into three columns, with trends shifted to the right, menu, navigation items and profile link have been moved to the left and the timeline has been positioned in the front and centre.

“A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to us that it is currently testing new experiences in the open that it is thinking of bringing to Twitter.com, for feedback with a small set of people. He didn’t provide a date for when it will roll out more broadly, but stay tuned,” TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

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In addition, the Home, Explore, Notifications, Messages, Bookmarks, Lists and Profile options are arranged in one column, with ‘More’ directing users to another set of options.

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Twitter’s ongoing test mode – which has also been carried out on mobile, by way of its twttr prototyping app – is part of the company’s bigger effort to build a version of Twitter that works for everyone or at least more people, more of the time, the report said.

The micro-blogging platform first announced that it would be rolling out a new, simplified desktop redesign to its users earlier in January. (IANS)

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Twitter Testing a New Feature Called ‘Hide Replies’

A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check

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You will soon be able to hide replies in the conversation thread on Twitter that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. The micro-blogging platform is testing a feature called “Hide Replies”, beginning with users in Canada which will be rolled out globally.

It is not the equivalent of a delete button but hides replies behind an icon.

If your followers still want to see the hidden replies, they can press the icon and view those.

“We’re testing a feature to hide replies from conversations. This experience will be available for everyone around the world, but at this time, only people in Canada can hide replies to their tweets,” Twitter Support posted late on Wednesday.

“They’ll be hidden from the main conversation for everyone behind a new icon. As long as it hasn’t been deleted and/or is not from an account with protected tweets, everyone can still interact with a hidden reply by clicking the icon to view,” it added.

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This April 26, 2017, photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. VOA

The aim, said Twitter, is to have healthy conversations on its platform.

There is, however, a downside to the feature.

“For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagreed with their views. This would then create a ‘filter bubble’ where only people who shared the original poster’s same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed,” reports Tech Crunch.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check.

However, for Twitter, “transparency is important to us — that’s why we’re hiding the replies behind an icon where they can still be accessed. We want to give tweet authors control over their conversations, but in a way that’s open”. (IANS)