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Twitter rolls out tabbed home UI for faster access to up to five of your favorite lists (Update: Wide rollout)

Your Twitter timeline is likely a cacophony of voices and topics. The more you scroll the more you have to exercise brain gymnastics to understand the context and meaning of each tweet. Custom lists help you narrow down that overwhelming timeline into a more palatable, less crowded list of tweets which are closer in scope. Twitter is now simplifying access to these custom lists: By pinning them, you'll transform the app's homescreen into a swipeable tabbed interface with your lists right next to your main timeline.

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Twitter leak shows how volunteer fact-checking process could work

With political and societal upheaval seemingly on the daily global agenda, information and misinformation travels fast and one of the most prominent platforms where that occurs is Twitter. Where it was previously hesitant to install fact-checking guardrails to reduce the impact of intellectually harmful content, the company recently began labeling certain videos posted to tweets as deceptively manipulated. Soon, according to a leaked demonstration, it could take another step.

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Ahead of US elections, Twitter will start labeling manipulated videos to combat misinformation

Social networks have proven to be breeding grounds for the spread of misinformation campaigns, especially in the months and weeks leading up to major elections. Over the last few years, in particular, the issues have been getting worse. With the 2020 US elections inching closer, Twitter has decided to introduce a new policy to combat these problems by labeling and removing deceptive and manipulated media on its platform starting March 5.

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Twitter patches crash-prone Android app (Updated)

Twitter has had a long night after releasing a bugged-out update for its Android app. We have the details on that small saga as well as a fix that's rolling out right now.

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Twitter testing 'continue thread' option to keep your last tweetstorm rolling

Twitter, the microblogging platform that rose to social media fame in 2006, is known for testing out features with controlled groups of users before pushing them out to the public at large. Just this year, the app tried out conversation subscriptions and followable topics, neither of which have been rolled out en masse just yet. Now it appears Twitter is testing another small feature that allows some users to quickly continue a previous conversation thread from within the main tweet composer.

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Twitter will begin deleting inactive accounts next month (Update: Further clarification)

Your Twitter follower count might take a nosedive next month. That's when the company says it will begin a purge of inactive accounts, ostensibly because it needs people to agree to its new privacy policy. However, it will have the added benefit of freeing up usernames.

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Malicious third-party SDKs obtained personal data from millions of Twitter and Facebook users on Android

Twitter and Facebook have both been targeted by malicious mobile SDKs on Android that accessed personal data, such as email addresses and user names. The companies have since informed Google about the issue, and Facebook sent cease and desist letters to the data collection firms behind the SDKs, oneAudience and MobiBurn.

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(Update: Available worldwide) Twitter lets US users hide replies in their threads

Social media can be thought of as an ant colony: if you want to introduce a new factor in how people can or can't communicate with each other, you should probably test it out with a sequestered region before introducing it to the whole place. Such was the case as Twitter began testing hidden replies in Canada beginning in July. Today, it is expanding that test to Japan and the United States.

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Twitter rolls out Topics to let you follow subjects, instead of just people

Twitter can be a confusing place for those used to services like Facebook, given its limited content discovery options. Such shortcomings have held the platform’s user count to a few hundred million, while its peers are sailing in the billion-user territory. The Explore tab tries to address this, but we all know how useful its suggestions can be. With Topics, the microblogging service wants you to take control of the subjects you wish to follow, without having to go through the tedious process of finding individual accounts.

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