Twitter would have in mind to incorporate new privacy options, in order for users to obtain greater control over their accounts and publications. According to Bloomberg, there would be several tools in the pipeline, at different levels of development. All would be designed so that people can “manage their reputation and identity” on the social network.
One of the characteristics that Twitter analyzes to incorporate would allow archive old tweets so they are no longer publicly visible. Apparently, this feature is still in a concept phase and it is not known when it might be available, if the platform decides to move forward with its implementation.
However, it is an interesting initiative. According to the report, the tweets in question would remain visible to the author, but not to other users. Twitter would study allowing accounts to automatically hide tweets when 30, 60, 90, or 365 days have passed since their publication.
The idea of hiding old tweets causes different readings but, mainly, it raises a dilemma about the responsibility with which each one publishes on the web. Archiving certain content would help people who, for example, are job seekers and fear that something will appear in their old tweets that, however ridiculous or immature, will harm them. But it would also make it easier for a political leader, or a candidate for public office, to escape controversial or contradictory publications without regard to the consequences of their sayings or actions. It would be interesting to know how this is analyzed within Twitter.
Twitter would have several ‘social privacy’ options in its folder
Beyond analyzing the possibility of hiding tweets, Twitter would soon begin to test other tools related to privacy. Starting in September, users of the social network could start edit your follower list; in this way they could be released from certain accounts without having to block them.
Another feature would allow hide which tweets get “Likes”, so that they no longer appear on the timeline. In this case, people could limit the visibility of this information; Thus, they could indicate that the likes are visible to everyone, to their followers, or to specific groups.
Finally, Twitter would launch an option for users to get out of a public conversation. This would imply that the accounts “spelled” in a publication can undo that mentionregardless of the reason. This feature has already been publicly shown and, according to Bloomberg, the social network would begin testing it by the end of the year.