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Twitter tests a new conversation layout to help users stay on track

Twitter has announced that changes are coming to the web and iOS version of the platform. The company led by Jack Dorsey wants to help users not lose track when replying to Tweets and decided to present a new layout for conversations.

According to Twitter, the new layout has a system of lines and brands to identify who a particular Tweet belongs to. To avoid confusion and unnecessary scrolling in longer conversations, the platform now presents the option Show responses thinking about users who are, in fact, interested in a particular thread of Tweets.

Twitter is also experimenting with making more options available to the user. The company indicates that it is testing buttons that allow Internet users to leave a taste, share publications or respond to Tweets more easily. The functionality is already being tested in a small group of users of the web and iOS version of the platform. If the experience goes well, Twitter can make it definitive.

The changes in the way users respond to each other were tested on twttr, a parallel application of the company restricted to a number of exclusive users. Even before they were officially introduced, the new features were discovered by well-known technology researcher and blogger Jane Manchun Wong in early April.

However, the changes made are not making some users very happy. Netizens claim that the new layout turns out to be more confusing than the previous configuration. In addition, another of Twitter's most recent experiences is generating controversy. The company wants the platform to be a more orderly location and has decided to test an option for iOS that allows the user to reconsider the publication of said offensive content.

When a user responds to a Tweet, Twitter's review system checks whether the content in question has words that are similar to terms reported as offensive. If there is a correspondence, a warning appears asking the user if he wants to review what he is going to say to avoid being reported.

Reuters, Sunita Saligram, responsible for trust and security policies on Twitter, indicated that the test will take a few weeks and will only work for English Tweets. There are no longer any certainty as to whether the functionality will become permanent, but one thing is certain: there are many users who oppose its definitive arrival.