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Twitter for Android gets around to adding new video controls, tweet client indicators

The official Android Twitter client seems to be taking inspiration from other apps with a batch of new features appearing for some users. Like many third-party apps, it's now showing which client tweets originated from, and there are YouTube-style video playback controls that skip forward or back a few seconds with a tap on the right or left side of the screen.

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Twitter CEO says tweet editing is achievable, but the company 'can't just rush it out'

It seems Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been feeling the pressure to launch a tweet editing feature on Twitter more than usual lately — even Kim Kardashian is using her sway to gain some in-person petitioning time. At a recent press event in New Delhi, he finally broke his silence on the feature, talking about some of the considerations Twitter needs to take into account, and stating: "We have been considering this for a while and we have to do [it] in the right way. We can't just rush it out."

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Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine

As you may remember, Vine was a simple app with short looping videos. It gained immense popularity and was acquired by Twitter in 2013 but was unceremoniously discontinued late in 2016 amid strong competition from Snapchat and Instagram. If you're still mourning its loss, you'll be pleased to hear that the Vine founder is making another app.

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Twitter now lets you specify the type of spam you're reporting

Crappy posts are part and parcel with any social network, and Twitter has more than its fair share of spam, scams, and bald-faced lies. The platform has always allowed users to report spammy posts, but now, the functionality is getting more granular, letting you specify the particular type of spam you're flagging.

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Twitter is testing a UI change for retweet and 'more' menus on tweets

Twitter's pretty well known for silently testing major and minor tweaks to its app on a small audience, and one of our tipsters spotted such a change. It's small, but Twitter is experimenting with changing the floating window popup for additional actions into a bottom-up "sheet" menu.

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😮 All emoji on Twitter now count for only two characters

In the biggest change the platform has seen since the switch to 280 characters, Twitter has changed the way it counts characters for emoji. Previously, some emoji — like those with additionally defined gender or skin tone — counted as more characters than others, due to the method of their encoding. But as of now, all emoji will be counted equally as two characters.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

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Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts

Earlier today, Twitter sent a message to a large number of users informing them about an API bug. According to the company, it identified a bug on September 10 that potentially allowed direct messages and protected accounts to be read by "Twitter developers who were not authorized to receive them."

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Some of Twitter's most annoying 'features' can now be turned off

Once upon a time, the Twitter timeline only showed posts from the people you follow. Then it started displaying tweets your friends liked, and recommendations for people to follow, and a 'What you missed' section, and tweets your friends replied to, and so on. This has led me to use Mastodon more and more, since there are no algorithms or recommendations on that platform, but most of the people I know are still on Twitter.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to turn off all the annoying 'features' that clutter up your timeline. Twitter added the ability to mute certain words or phrases last year, and by adding certain strings as muted words, you can now hide all of Twitter's suggested content.

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Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram

Twitter's latest feature tweak offers a return to what many consider better days: the era of the chronological timeline (or, to be precise, the reverse chronological timeline). Now, users can escape the algorithm that dictates what the "best tweets" for them are, and simply see the latest ones. Will it solve all the ills of Twitter, substantially reduce trolling, and make for an entirely changed platform? No, probably none of those things — but it's incredibly nice to have a social media platform take into account what its users have been asking for, and actually deliver it.

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