Twitter Devises Country-Specific Censoring Tools
Twitter announced that it has given itself the ability to remove Tweets from single, specific countries while keeping those same Tweets visible to the rest of the world. Twitter devised this capability in response to government requests and actions over the course of the last year. While Twitter still believes in freedom of expression, it recognizes that "for historical or cultural reasons, [some countries] restrict certain types of content," such as hate speech. Twitter said it has not used this feature yet, and when it must, it will do its best to inform the user whose Tweet has been removed and let others know the Tweet was censored. Previously, Twitter could remove Tweets globally — meaning they were no longer visible to anyone.
Twitter Unravels Thread Feature
Twitter today made it easier to publish tweet storms, or threads. The use of threads, a way to string together a series of tweets to tell a longer story, has risen in popularity over the last few years.
Twitter to Post Larger Images In Timelines
Twitter today said it is improving the multimedia experience of Twitter.com by changing how it handles images. Moving forward, Twitter will now show full image previews, rather than crop them.
Twitter Hopes Mobile Web Page Redesign Will Engage More Users
Twitter today hit refresh on its home screen experience when visited via mobile browsers. The new Twitter.com homepage makes it easier to follow Tweets and stories without requiring users to log into their account.
All Twitter Users Gain Access to 280-Character Tweets
Twitter today made it possible for all users of the platform to compose and publish tweets as long as 280 characters. Since its 2006 launch, Twitter has limited posts to 140 characters, though over the years it has made it possible to add content such as links, photos, and hashtags without chewing up the character count.
Twitter to Clamp Down On Abusive Tweets
Twitter today said it is changing its policies so the social network might better combat threats and other forms of abuse. First, Twitter has updated how it qualifies prohibited content, which now extends to "threats of violence against others or promoting violence against others." Twitter said its previous policy was a bit too narrow and restricted its enforcement options.