How Threads Empowers Users to Control Offensive Content

How Threads Empowers Users to Control Offensive Content

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has recently announced that Threads is enhancing its “Hidden Words” feature. Initially available for moderating replies only, the functionality has now been broadened to include filtering specific words and phrases across various aspects of the platform, such as feeds, search results, profiles, and responses to posts. Mosseri highlights that this update is designed to foster a more respectful and engaging environment for all Threads participants. Here’s the step-by-step guide to utilizing this feature.

Steps to Filter Words and Phrases in Threads

This new tool operates in a manner akin to the Muted Words feature on X (previously known as Twitter). It’s particularly useful for blocking spoilers or sensitive content that you prefer not to see in your feed. The feature is now available to all Threads users. If you wish to exclude certain words, follow these instructions:

  1. In Threads, in the bottom navigation bar,click on your profile icon
  2. Click on the globe or padlock icon at the top left to open your profile settings.
  3. Navigate to the Hidden Words setting.
  4. Enable the feature by selecting the “On” option for “Custom words and phrases.”
  5. Click on “Manage custom words and phrases.”
  6. Type the words you wish to filter out and click on “Add.”

For adding multiple words or phrases, simply separate them with commas before clicking “Add.” The app will sort them automatically. You also have the option to edit or remove each entry as needed.

The expansion of Threads is seen as a breath of fresh air for users disenchanted with X and its recent modifications. Although Threads experienced a decline in excitement shortly after its launch, there has been a noticeable increase in user activity lately.

With the inclusion of the trending page and now the hidden words feature, it’s anticipated that Threads will continue to integrate more functionalities from X. These enhancements are aimed at improving the overall user experience on the platform. What other features would you like to see on Threads? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.