Twitter launches fleets, disappearing tweets that vanish in a day
Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours, called fleets, globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook , and Instagram that already have disappearing posts.
The company says the ephemeral tweets, which it calls fleets because of their fleeting nature, are designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets.
Fleets can't be retweeted and they won't have likes. People can respond to them, but the replies show up as direct messages to the original tweeter, not as a public response, turning any back-and-forth into a private conversation instead of a public discussion.
Twitter tested the feature in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, before rolling it out globally.
Fleets are a lower pressure way to communicate fleeting thoughts as opposed to permanent tweets, Joshua Harris, Twitter Design Director, and Sam Haveson, Twitter Product Manager, said in a blog post.
The news comes the same day Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from a Senate Judiciary Committee about how they handled disinformation surrounding the presidential election. Both sites have stepped up action taken against disinformation.
Zuckerberg and Dorsey promised lawmakers last month that they would aggressively guard their platforms from being manipulated by foreign governments or used to incite violence around the election results and they followed through with high-profile steps that angered Trump and his supporters.
The new feature is reminiscent of Instagram and Facebook stories and Snapchat's snaps, which let users post short-lived photos and messages. Such features are increasingly popular with social media users looking for smaller groups and and more private chats.
In another development, Ministry of Electronics and IT on November 9, issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of the Union Territory of Ladakh, according to IT ministry sources.
In the notice sent to the Global Vice President of Twitter, the ministry asserted that showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir was a deliberate attempt by the micro-blogging platform to undermine the will of sovereign Parliament of India, which had declared Ladakh as a Union Territory with its headquarter in Leh.
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