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Twitter Adds ‘Hide Reply’ Option

Credit: PC Magazine

Out of sight, out of mind. Probably.

‘Member that one episode of South Park where Cartman was sick of getting negative comments on his social media, so he hired Butters to sift through all of it for him? Well, now you don’t have to hire a Butters to moderate your Twitter, because you can just do it yourself.

Twitter added a “hide reply” function to their site on Friday, which, if it wasn’t inherently obvious, allows users to hide any replies to their posts that they so choose. The replies aren’t deleted, merely hidden from view. Other users can toggle whether to show hidden posts if they want to see the hidden stuff.

Twitter’s been testing this function in Japan and Canada for a little while now, and users seem to appreciate it. It’s mostly used to hide annoying, off-topic stuff, as well as spam. “We already see people trying keep their conversations healthy by using block, mute, and report, but these tools don’t always address the issue,” a Twitter employee explained earlier this year. “Block and mute only change the experience of the blocker, and report only works for the content that violates our policies.”