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▶️ Twitter Allows Hiding Replies: The Politician’s Dream | EP#227

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Published on 08 Jan 2020 / In News and Politics

So now, Twitter allows you to hide replies on your posts. This is like a form of blocking but is the lite version. The real concern is that politicians may be allowed to use this feature while they currently cannot block users.

This has created a loophole for politicians to be able to curate the discussions and while you can still view hidden replies, they are out of sight, out of mind. They are almost unnoticeable and only seen if you click a small button to open up hidden replies. The thing is, in my opinion, people who follow and support someone very tribally are likely to assume that any hidden replies were hidden for good reason and won’t bother to investigate and just take their word on it.

You just click on a reply and you’ll “Hide reply” in the dropdown menu.
When the author of a post has hidden any replies, they will appear in the “Hidden Replies” section represented by an icon that looks like a document with a circles subtraction symbol in the top right of it that appears in the bottom right of a tweet block.

A lot of people get their news and political updates from Twitter today and this isn’t something to be taken lightly. Let me know what you think about this. Is this encouraging less open discussion and more artificially curated and tailored information distribution?

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