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Technology Twitter's plan to give users more control over replies comes with risks

23:15  08 january  2020
23:15  08 january  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Twitter executives said Wednesday the social network plans to experiment this year with a new feature that would give users more control over who can But as Twitter tries to change how we converse online, the new feature could also come with downsides. During CES, the world' s largest trade show

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Twitter executives said Wednesday that the social network plans to experiment this year with a new feature that would give users more control over who can reply to a tweet, a move that could help combat online abuse on the site.

a group of people sitting around a living room: Twitter executives speak at a press briefing at CES on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CNET Twitter executives speak at a press briefing at CES on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET

But as Twitter tries to change how we converse online, the new feature could also come with downsides. During CES , the world's largest consumer-electronics trade show, which kicked off this week in Las Vegas, the company provided an early look at a new replies tool it's set to test during the first quarter.

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CES 2020 is well underway and Twitter ’ s director of product management, Suzanne Xie, has unveiled some new changes that are coming to the platform later this year. These changes all primarily focus on conversations that you can have on the platform and aim to prevent bullying and harassment.

Here's how it works: When you compose a tweet, you'll be able to choose who can reply. There are four options: anyone, people you follow or mention, people you mention or just you.

That could have positive effects. Users could use the tool to prevent online bullies from replying to their tweets, a problem Twitter's been trying to crack down on for years. It also could make conversations easier to follow on the site because you could limit replies to a group of people. Last year, we saw how confusing Twitter conversations can be to follow, when Recode executive editor and journalist Kara Swisher interviewed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the site, an experience one user described as a "chaotic hellpit."

a group of people sitting around a living room: Twitter executives speak at a press briefing at CES on Wednesday.© James Martin/CNET

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On the other hand, Dorsey has acknowledged that the site can contribute to what's called a "filter bubble," where people's political viewpoints or biases are reinforced. That issue could pop up if the company ends up launching new options to limit replies, because you'd pick and choose who could respond. Sometimes users also reply to a tweet to point out a mistake or misinformation.

Standing in a room filled with books and the Twitter logo, the company's head of product, Kayvon Beykpour, said those are issues the company is considering during the experiment.

There could be ways around limiting replies, he pointed out. For example, users could still quote a tweet if they wanted to weigh in on a remark.

"There are, I think, subtleties to how we implement this that I think are really important," Beykpour said.

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An ongoing focus

In many ways, the new tool Twitter plans to test is an extension of the work the company has already been doing around conversations on the site.

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Twitter has announced that it will test a new feature that allows users to limit who can reply to a tweet. This comes as Twitter continues to look for ways to reduce the toxicity of its platform and give users more control over the conversations that stem from their tweets. Ecobee HomeKit Thermostat.

In November, Twitter said that it would let users worldwide hide replies to their tweets. Before Twitter rolled out the feature globally, the company tested it in Canada, Japan and the US.

The good news is Twitter found that users have mostly been using the tool to hide replies that are "irrelevant, abusive or unintelligible."

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Twitter's director of product management, Suzanne Xie, said at CES that during the experiment users will have to set up who can reply to their tweet after they compose the tweet. Asked if users will be able to change these settings after the tweet is posted, Xie said the company is exploring the possibility.

"We do want to be thoughtful about what the impact will be so that you can't actually change the conversation afterwards," Xie said.

Online harassment continues to be a problem for Twitter. The social media site can be a "toxic place," especially for female journalists and politicians, according to a 2018 study by Amnesty International and Element AI.

Twitter has been focusing on making the site more positive, but it's unclear exactly how well those efforts are working. The issue continues to be one of the company's top priorities as we move into 2020.

"If people are fearful of being abused or harassed on the platform, it's not a particularly pleasant place to participate, and so health for us is important," Beykpour said.

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Twitter Inc. is adding another safety control to help curb abuse and harassment on its social network: Users will soon be able to limit the group of people that can reply to their tweets. © Bloomberg Twitter app When posting a message, users will also be able to choose who can reply: anyone, just their followers, only people mentioned in the tweet, or no one at all, according to The Verge. The feature, announced Wednesday at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas, is an effort to limit harassment and other types of unhealthy interactions between users, a problem Twitter has been working to fix for years.

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