Twitter says it is making progress in filtering out extremist content even before being asked by governments
Twitter is doubling up their character limit, and the social network’s users have mixed feelings.
In an official blogpost posted this morning Twitter staff elaborated on this move:
“We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming [which is all except Japanese, Chinese and Korean].”
But South African Twitter users are not too comfortable with the change.
Check out some of the responses:
Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? ?
We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. ?https://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 26, 2017
Locally, the change has sparked mixed reactions.
Twitter is wild. We didn't come here to blog. Get it together. I'm taking this so personally.
— Janine_J (@janine_j) September 26, 2017
You're so personal ? https://t.co/VDHFvfPczH
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) September 27, 2017
twitter HQ: *tries to be innovative and stay current*
twitter users: *loud hissing and booing*
— lindy (@Lindyyay) September 27, 2017
— Ryan Cummings (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) September 27, 2017
— Ithemba_LamaKhesa®™ (@LwandoNtentesa) September 27, 2017
— perfect hlongwane (@_wordperfect) September 27, 2017
Very sad about twitter's character limit update. Great anger
— frøstandfuriøus (@Nick_Frost) September 27, 2017
Tweeps around the world aren’t too happy about it either:
*Twitter is introducing #280characters limits*
— 乃ongo 乃oy? (@Ajaharoczz) September 27, 2017
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) September 27, 2017
us: please do something about the nazis and openly racist people on the platform.
— devyn (@HalfAtlanta) September 26, 2017
imagine a 280 character quote tweet to a 280 character original tweet that's part of a 23 tweet thread w/ 280 characters each. fam i'm sick
— no (@miskeencore) September 26, 2017
However, Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey isn’t bothered by the critique.
We expected (and ❤️!) all the snark & critique for #280characters. Comes with the job. What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and prove to you all it’s better. Give us some time to learn and confirm (or challenge!) our ideas. https://t.co/qJrzzIluMw
— jack (@jack) September 27, 2017
The new direction is currently being tested with a select few tweeps, but the official date this feature will be phased in has not officially been announced.