Twitter Announces Major Changes

Mar 13 2019 -- 1:14 PM

 Twitter's made some interesting choices. They've allowed incredible amounts of trolling to happen on their website for years, but now, they're finally making some massive overhauls. And they said it's to promote "healthy conversation." NBC News reported on Wednesday the site is planning new changes, and they seem to be miles away from what most users want.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone posted this tweet yesterday which seemed to precede the news with a #letshaveaconvo and a bird less logo which was meant to promote "blue sky thinking"

This big changes will include adding new features to "enhance pictures and video on the app in an effort to encourage users to make more use of the cameras on their smartphones, a move that adds features similar to those found on the apps of some of its main competition: Instagram and Snapchat."

One of the things that Twitter users seem to be least impressed about is the decision to hide likes and retweets in an attempt to make the platform "more friendly."

On the matter of those "healthy conversations," NBC reports that Twitter says they're "actually working on changing the product and changing the policies to improve the health of the conversations,” pointing to faster and more “proactive” enforcement including the takedown of accounts spreading hoaxes and conspiracy theories." Though anyone who has reported an account to Twitter will likely take that with a pinch of salt.

It's the site's first major update since 2016 and so far it doesn't look like it's sparking joy in users. We'll have to wait to see how much it changes the way we use the site, or if it will finally drive people from the popular if problematic space.

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