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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Testing Ways to Improve ‘Lists’ Feature

Currently, the test is available in Twitter’s mobile app for those who have been opted in, TechCrunch reported

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Micro-blogging site Twitter is trying new ways to improve the ‘Lists’ feature on its platform.

The company on Tuesday announced that it has begun testing to make the feature easier to use.

The feature, remained buried inside Twitter’s interface, is intended to let users create custom timelines by adding specific users whose tweets a user is interested to track.

“Customisable timelines that are easy to access? We’re thinking about ways to do this! One idea we had is for you to be able to swipe to your lists from home. If you’re in the test tell us what you think,” Twitter posted on its handle.

The announcement gathered positive responses from the users.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

“This is an excellent idea. Being able to order the lists would be important too. If anything makes it a toggle in Lists so we can have it if we want,” a user posted.

“Love this. Many people don’t even know about lists. I use lists all the time to cut through the noise. This is a great fix! Love the ease of access,” wrote Kyle Harris, renowned vlogger and social media commentator.

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As of now, Twitter has not specified how many people would be added to the test.

Currently, the test is available in Twitter’s mobile app for those who have been opted in, TechCrunch reported. (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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FILE - A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

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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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)