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Twitter launches 'Fleets' - tweets that disappear after a day

November 19, 2020
Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had been globally launching tweets that disappear after a day, like the stories feature that is popular on Snapchat and Facebook's photo-sharing application Instagram.

Twitter offers previously announced its arrange for these ephemeral tweets, dubbed  "fleets", and tested the characteristic found in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea.

"Some of you reveal that Tweeting can be uncomfortable because it feels so open public, so permanent, and like there's so very much pressure to rack up Retweets and Likes," design director Joshua Harris and product manager Sam Haveson said in a blog post.

"Because they disappear from viewpoint after a day time, Fleets helped persons feel convenient sharing personal and informal thoughts, opinions, and emotions," they added.

However, plenty of Twitter users tinkering with the tool said it had created worrying options for online harassment, like allowing undesirable direct messages. In addition, it allows fleet authors to tag people who've blocked them.

Twitter said it had been listening to feedback and working on fixes for safety issues just like the blocking issue.

Fleets, such as text, photographs and videos, can be available near the top of users' residence timelines on Twitter and on the sender's profile.

Twitter and other major social media companies are under pressure to raised police abuses and viral misinformation on the sites. Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley explained fleets are at the mercy of the same guidelines as tweets.

Kelley said warnings or perhaps labels, which Twitter has started deciding on content such as for example manipulated media and misinformation about civic processes or perhaps Covid-19, could possibly be applied to fleets.

Twitter as well confirmed it was working on a live audio characteristic, dubbed 'Spaces,' that it again aims to test later this year. The feature will allow users to talk in public, group conversations. It possesses similarities with Clubhouse, a sociable platform where users are invited to chat in voice boards.

"Given each of the prospect of abuse within audio spaces, we will be so that it is available first to women and historically marginalized communities," said Kelley.

The company earlier this season launched a feature for users to tweet recorded voice notes.

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