Skip to main content

Twitter’s new hide reply tool lets you publicly ignore comments

Twitter users can now hide replies, without going as far as removing them from the platform entirely. After testing the tool earlier this year, Twitter announced (via tweet, of course) that users can now hide replies. The option begins rolling out on Thursday, November 21, after previous tests in the United States, Japan, and Canada.

The hide reply tool is meant to put some replies out of the spotlight without deleting them entirely — after all, as soon as networks launch more options for users to control content, critics cry censorship. The hidden replies are no longer directly under the tweet, but can still be viewed inside a dedicated section housing such replies, if users actually make the effort to go look for them.

To hide a reply on your own tweet, click on the arrow icon in the upper right corner of the reply. From the pop-up, choose Hide reply. A second pop up asks if you also want to block that user. Replies can also be unhidden at any time using the same arrow icon.

Starting today, you can now hide replies to your Tweets. Out of sight, out of mind.

— Twitter (@Twitter) November 21, 2019

Once a tweet has hidden replies, an icon appears in the lower right corner of the tweet. Users — not just the owner of the original tweet — can click on the icon to see hidden tweets. While that means those replies are still accessible, hidden replies are less front-and-center. Twitter says users are not notified when replies are hidden.

In testing, Twitter said that most of the hidden replies were irrelevant, abusive, or unclear. The update gives users another option to control replies without blocking a user from all interactions, or muting a user, which only prevents you (and not other users) from seeing that reply. Reporting a reply is another option, but the reply is only deleted if Twitter terms were violated.

While the tool isn’t going to automatically hide all the replies from a user that’s consistently spamming or harassing you, the update allows you to individually tuck away a reply. Users can still reply to a hidden reply, but that original reply won’t be shown in the news feed. Instead, the second reply will appear under a notice that says the tweet is unavailable. 

The new hidden reply tool is rolling out beginning Thursday.

Editors' Recommendations

Hillary K. Grigonis
Hillary never planned on becoming a photographer—and then she was handed a camera at her first writing job and she's been…
Elon Musk invites Twitter complaints, gets 83,000 replies
A digital image of Elon Musk in front of a stylized background with the Twitter logo repeating.

Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, on Wednesday invited users to send him their complaints about the platform.

“Complaint hotline operator online!” the billionaire entrepreneur said in a tweet to his 115 million followers. “Please mention your complaints below.”

Read more
Twitter begins rollout of new gray check marks only to abruptly remove them
Elon Musk.

In the middle of writing an article about Twitter's initial rollout of a new gray check mark verification badge, we noticed something odd: Twitter accounts that had the new gray check marks only minutes earlier were suddenly without them again. So what happened?

Elon Musk apparently happened. Mere hours after his newly purchased social media platform began its rollout of a new gray check mark in an effort to help clarify which high-profile accounts were actually verified, the new gray check marks began disappearing from various accounts, evidently at Musk's behest. Just take a look at this tweet conversation between web video producer Marques Brownlee and Musk:

Read more
Twitter to revamp verified accounts with a new label
A stylized composite of the Twitter logo.

Twitter’s been in a bit of a state since Elon Musk closed a $44 billion deal to buy it last month.

Confusion over how the platform will proceed and workforce anger over mass layoffs has left some in the Twitter community looking for an alternative microblogging app that might offer a bit of tranquility away from all the hubbub.

Read more