Twitter: Tests new reply thread


Twitter is experimenting again. In a tweet, the company said it's testing a new way to display replies."Some of you on iOS and web will see a new layout for replies with lines and indentations that make it clearer who is talking to whom and to fit more of the convo in one view," the tweet said. The lines and indentations should be familiar to anyone who's used Reddit, where threaded conversations are displayed in a similar manner. Visually, to me, it's easier to follow threads this way, though it may be even better with a few additional options, such as the ability to automatically unfurl threads as you encounter them. Twitter also said it's experimenting with the way its icons are displayed. "We’re also experimenting with placing like, Retweet, and reply icons behind a tap for replies. We’re trying this with a small group on iOS and web to see how it affects following and engaging with a convo," the company said.

Facebook announces Oversight Board for content

And representing Pakistan is founder of Digital Right Foundation and human rights lawyer, Nighat Dad.

Facebook has announced the first members of its new Oversight Board, which will help it make decisions on what content should be allowed, and removed, across its platforms Facebook first announced its Oversight Board project last January, in response to calls for increased action from the company on potentially dangerous and/or harmful content. As explained by Facebook, "With our size comes a great deal of responsibility, and while we have always taken advice from experts on how to best keep our platforms safe, until now, we have made the final decisions about what should be allowed on our platforms and what should be removed. And these decisions often are not easy to make – most judgments do not have obvious, or uncontroversial, outcomes and yet many of them have significant implications for free expression."

Instagram steps up to the responsibility of keeping users informed

Instagram has announced that it will now surface Stories from official health bodies that you follow higher in your Stories feed, in order to help increase the distribution of key COVID-19 updates and information. As Instagram notes, it's also looking to give official health information a boost in the main feed as well. This only relates to health organizations that you've chosen to follow, so it won't increase the reach of such messaging across the board, and it won't change anything for those who don't want such in their Insta feed. But for those who may be using Instagram to stay connected to key updates, now they'll be easier to find within the two streams.