May 28, 2024
Threads says it will make its API broadly available by June

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Meta-owned social network Threads is finally testing a “Recent” filter to sort search results based on the most recent posts. Instagram head Adam Mosseri noted Monday that the roll-out is part of a “limited test,” and the feature has been made available to only a few users.

“We’re starting to test this with a small number of people, so it’s easier to find relevant search results in real-time,” he said in a reply to a user.

A user part of the test posted that they could see “Top” and “Recent” filters on the search results screen. They noted that the “Recent” filter isn’t strictly chronological, but it’s better suited than “Top” filter for seeing latest posts.

Earlier this year, Threads accidentally rolled out the option to sort search results by the recency in which they had been posted. At that time, the company said it was an “internal prototype available for a small number of people.”

Last November, Mosseri cautioned that Threads lacked the feature to search for real-time results because it could create a “safety loophole.”

“To clarify, having a comprehensive list of *every* post with a specific word in chronological order inevitably means spammers and other bad actors pummel the view with content by simply adding the relevant words or tags. And before you ask why we don’t take down that bad content, understand there’s a lot more content that people don’t want to see than we can or should take down.” Mosseri said at that time, explaining why Threads didn’t have an option to sort search results.

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