The skill to formulate a 280-character tweet was, till just lately, a present bestowed to solely a choose few, however now the vast majority of Twitter customers can tweet in 280 characters. The change is being met with less-than-positive reactions, together with from critics who declare there are larger issues with the social media platform that ought to have taken precedence.
The complaints began when Twitter introduced its plan for longer tweets in a weblog publish in September. At the time of the announcement, the 280-character restrict was solely given to some customers.
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Twitter’s administration claimed that the character restrict had various results on customers relying on what language they had been tweeting in. “In languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French,” Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara wrote within the announcement.
Because of this phenomenon, Twitter said that the 280 character restrict can be given to those that use Twitter in all languages apart from Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Twitter’s brand is displayed on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
But many Twitter customers mentioned the platform ought to deal with different points first. Hate speech on Twitter, for instance, has been a outstanding difficulty for years. Last summer time, comic Leslie Jones needed to take a break from Twitter after being hit with a storm of racist, badist and abusive tweets. Well-known white supremacists reminiscent of David Duke and Richard Spencer typically tweet their beliefs on-line, whereas so-called “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli had his account suspended for harbading Teen Vogue reporter Lauren Duca, however solely after Duca tagged Twitter’s CEO in a tweet calling into query why Shkreli hadn’t obtained punishment but.
Critics have additionally stored a watch out on who Twitter has been silencing. Rose McGowan, for instance, spoke out towards badual abuse, calling out Ben Affleck and Harvey Weinstein specifically. Twitter responded by locking McGowan’s account for 12 hours, the New York Times reported.
There are different points of Twitter that customers need modified for ease of use. Many customers, for instance, need the flexibility to edit tweets, to save lots of GIFs and to incorporate footage in quoted tweets.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, whose place gave him declare to the succinct Twitter deal with @jack, admitted in an October 13th Twitter thread that Twitter’s previous makes an attempt to silence hate speech weren’t ample and that the corporate can be working tougher to repair this by means of adjustments that “will start rolling out in the next few weeks.”