Twitter is moving the Hide Replies API Endpoint out of Twitter Developer Labs, the company’s testing ground for emerging developer services, and into general availability. Using the API developers are able to build applications that help people hide or unhide replies to their Tweets.
Twitter is well known for the amount of abuse that some of its users face on a daily basis. This new functionality is designed to allow for a programmatic solution to the problem by automating the management of abusive content. In the announcement of the move to GA, Twitter highlighted several pieces of customer feedback including a comment from Dara Oladosu (the creator of Hide Unwanted Replies):
“Some people interact on Twitter in needlessly brash and abusive ways, and I’ve had to manually mute and block lots of those people over the years. I was thrilled when the Twitter hide replies endpoint enabled me to build an app that could automatically shield Twitter users from a high percentage of abusive replies, and how hide replies could be combined with other endpoints to automatically mute or block abusive people.”