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Twitter announces muting keywords, phrases, and conversations in notifications, as well as new reporting functionality

Twitter took to its company blog today to talk about abuse. It's no secret that Twitter has done a less-than-stellar job at preventing abuse on its social network for a while now. In fact, continued harassment on the platform was likely a primary reason companies like Disney neglected to purchase Twitter. Now the company has announced three changes it hopes will more effectively reduce harassment.

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Twitter's stable release implements app shortcuts, multi-window, and rounded icons on Android Nougat

A couple of weeks ago, Twitter updated its alpha release version to add several of Android Nougat's features. Now these options have made it onto the stable release version of the app, so you no longer need to live on the bleeding edge to benefit from them.

Version 6.22 of Twitter is the one that brings it all. There are Android 7.1's launcher shortcuts, which you can access if you're using the Pixel, Nova, or Action Launcher, as well as a rounded icon that will likely only be visible if you have a Pixel or if you're running a launcher that supports them.

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Twitter's latest alpha brings support for app shortcuts, Nougat multi-window, and a round icon [APK Download]

Android 7.1 launched with the new Pixel phones and became available in beta form for the Nexus 5X and 6P not too long ago, but many apps are already introducing support for the new features that 7.1 brings. With its newest alpha build, Twitter has become the latest app to do so by adding support for app shortcuts and a round app icon. This build also enables multi-window for devices running 7.0 Nougat+.

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Twitter is discontinuing Vine, but existing videos will live on for now

Twitter launched the Vine video sharing app in 2013, and it was a moderate success. Other apps added similar quick video features, but Vine never seemed like a high priority for Twitter. The company announced today that it's discontinuing the Vine app in the coming months, but it's not deleting your Vines... at least not yet.

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[Update: It's official] Longer tweets on Twitter are coming September 19

Back in May, Twitter revealed they were changing the way their tweet character limit worked. Currently everything you can shove in a tweet - text, media, polls, etc - counts towards the 140-character limit. Twitter has not revealed the exact date this change is coming, but The Verge believes it will be September 19.

The change will go into effect for images, GIFs, polls, and videos, although The Verge is unsure if it will all happen at once or over a gradual period.

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Twitter's DMs now feature read receipts and some other new things

Twitter Direct Messages have never been my preferred messaging platform, but for those who do use it, there are a few new features —read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. If you use other services such as Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram, and WhatsApp, you've probably already seen these.

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Twitter is getting more granular notification settings including a 'quality filter'

Twitter has announced a pair of new features that will be live in the official app and web interface soon. Both are aimed at improving the notification experience and making Twitter a little less annoying to use. You'll be able to control which notifications you see, and there's a filter that allegedly removes low-quality tweets. I have to wonder how well that works.

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[Update: Gone from the beta too] Twitter removes its homescreen widget support from the latest alpha

Twitter is struggling to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. Life can be tough when you're a social network that almost everyone has heard about but no one knows how to use when they're just joining for the first time.

But despite these tumultuous times at Twitter's headquarters, the Android app has seen some of its best days in the past few months: an overhauled Material Design inspired interface, a test for a night mode, Android N Direct Reply, and more.

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Night mode UI finally comes to stable version of Twitter

Twitter started testing a dark UI mode several months ago, but it was a server side toggle on beta and alpha builds with no way to guarantee it would be on your device. The test must have gone well because today Twitter announced dark mode as an official feature of the Android app. This should be available on all installations of the Twitter app soon.

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