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Twitter is going to make news easier to discover, changes also coming to moments and search

Twitter shared in a blog post today that it's working on changes to its content discovery features, as well as push notifications for events and news stories the platform identifies as likely to be interesting to you. Most of the changes lack firm release dates, rolling out "in the coming weeks" and months.

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Twitter introduces profile labels for US midterm general election candidates, political campaigning policy

After the 2016 US election, social media services have felt increasing pressure to improve the integrity and quality of information its users discover in their ecosystems. This week, Twitter announced US election labels, which essentially act as enhanced verified badges specially made for candidates running in this year's US midterm general election. The company also announced its "Political Campaigning Policy" to make it easier for users to understand exactly who is backing political ads. These are two steps Twitter is taking to make good on its vow to protect its users from misinformation and bad actors abusing its platform.

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Twitter kills official applications for Android TV, Roku, and Xbox

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[Update: It's optional] Twitter now uses its own emoji on Android

Twitter's Android app looks a little different for many today: the platform now uses its own "Twemoji" emoji set rather than system emoji. The update will have the most effect for users on older Android versions, which lack some newer emoji.

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Twitter is testing encrypted 'secret conversations'

It appears that Twitter is working on a 'Secret conversation' feature that would allow users to send encrypted messages to each other. This would bring Twitter in line with other messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram that already offer message encryption, and in the current privacy climate, it would surely be a popular move.

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Why you should change your Twitter and GitHub passwords now

It’s time to update your Twitter and GitHub passwords. Both services have confirmed that usernames and passwords were saved unmasked in plain text in internal logs. This is not a security breach, but users are advised to create a new password as a precautionary measure.

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Twitter is testing a bottom navigation bar in its app

Phones are big these days, and that can make UI elements at the top of your screen hard to reach. Thus, apps are increasingly going for the bottom navigation tabs. Even some Google apps are all over the bottom tabs. Now, Twitter appears to be testing a bottom nav UI. We've seen several reports, but it seems there's no way to trigger the UI yourself.

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Twitter will begin bundling tweets with the same link in your feed

One moment you're opening up Twitter, hopeful to find a variety of content from all the interesting people you've followed, the next you're stuck checking post after post with the same story being reported by many of the people in your feed. Twitter is hoping to fix that by bundling all the tweets with the same link together, as one story, so that you can see the embedded preview once and all the different comments on it grouped together below it.

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Stay of execution: Twitter is indefinitely delaying its plans to break 3rd party apps

Twitter has become openly hostile to third-party apps over the past few years, to push users to its own applications. Many features have never been available to third-party apps, like group DMs, polls, and Moments. The company also introduced a token limit a few years ago, causing popular clients to suddenly stop working (like Flamingo).

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