Threads gets Hidden Words tool to filter out offensive content

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Meta has been improving and adding new features to Threads (its Twitter clone) since its launch in June last year. The latest feature to reach the platform from Instagram is the Hidden Words tool. This functionality will automatically filter out offensive content from your feeds.

The new feature has arrived mere hours after the platform hit more than 150 million monthly active users. The company has achieved this feat in less than a year since its inception, outpacing X/Twitter in the US.

Threads’ Hidden Words tool will automatically filter out potentially offensive words

In a post on Threads, Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced that the Hidden Words feature can automatically remove offensive content. It will apply to both your “Following” and “For You” feeds on the platform. In addition, it will filter out search results, profiles, and replies to your posts containing offensive words. Earlier, the Hidden Words tool was only applied to the replies on Threads.

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It’s worth mentioning that the users can add their own specific words, phrases, or emojis to the settings in Threads. This way, they can cast a wider net over the offensive content that the platform filters out. The company has mentioned that the users can turn the Hidden Words on or off anytime they want. Meta’s Instagram first started allowing users to filter out offensive words from their comments in 2016.

Threads is also testing the ability to mute notifications for interactions with posts

Mosseri has also revealed that Threads is testing the ability to mute notifications for interactions with your posts. You will be able to turn on/off the notifications by pressing the bell button in the top-right corner of a post. In addition, the brand will add a new feature that will let you choose who can quote your posts. The same will allow you to unquote these posts by yourself. All three new features will be available to all Threads users globally in the coming days.

More features are coming to Threads soon

Apart from these features, Threads will add the functionality to let users clean up their timelines in a new way. This feature is currently being tested and will allow users to archive individual posts manually. The users will also be able to automatically hide certain posts after a set period of time. The company is also testing the chronological search results feature. This is one of the most requested features among the Threads community at the moment.

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