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Threads Unveils Accidental Sneak Peek: Latest Search Results Feature Emerges Briefly

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Threads, the emerging social network, briefly surprised iOS users today as reports surfaced about a new “Latest” option for sorting search results. However, the company clarified to TechCrunch that this feature was unintentionally exposed, being an internal prototype not meant for external testing.

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In an official statement, the company stated, “Earlier today, an internal prototype was accidentally made available for a small number of people — this is not something we’re testing externally at this time.”

This accidental revelation comes after Instagram Head Adam Mosseri’s previous explanation in November that Threads deliberately omits a feature allowing users to search for the latest results. Mosseri expressed concerns about creating a potential “safety loophole” by presenting a comprehensive chronological list of every post with a specific word. Such a feature, he argued, could be exploited by spammers and bad actors flooding the platform with content simply by adding relevant words or tags.

While acknowledging the possibility of showing results in chronological order, Mosseri emphasized the challenge of managing the influx of low-quality content. The delicate balance between user experience and content moderation prompted the decision to prioritize relevance over a purely chronological display.

Threads initially tested the ability to search for posts in Australia and New Zealand in August 2023. Subsequently, Meta, the parent company, expanded the search functionality to almost all English and Spanish-speaking countries in September of the same year.

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In December, the feature reached a global audience as it was made available in all languages, coinciding with the social network’s launch in the European Union.

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