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Twitter to increase word limit of Direct Messages to 10k characters

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twitter-117595_640In a piece of good news for Twitteratti, Twitter has decided to increase the word limit for direct messages (DMs) to 10,000 characters from the present 140.

Twitter’s product designer Sachin Agarwal informed developers of the news ahead of the change, which will be rolled out to users in July, Venturebeat.com reported. No official date has been decided for the change though. The move does not remove Twitter’s design choice of constraining tweets to 140 characters — only direct messages.

“It’s a beautiful constraint that has inspired a whole new form of writing,” Twitter investor Chris Sacca wrote in a blog post earlier this month about what Twitter can do to improve. Sacca did not say he had a problem with the 140-character cap on DMs — and that is what’s changing.

Direct messages in other social networks, like Facebook and LinkedIn, do not have length limits. But Twitter’s affinity for the 140-character limit goes back to Twitter’s earliest days, when Twitter sent tweets in text messages. Now those days are long gone, and Twitter can evolve to meet the needs of its users and investors.

However, before you start fretting at the prospects of receiving unsolicited extra long messages there is some more news for you. You can stop people you do not follow from sending you these new, extra-long DMs. You can do that by un-checking the “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” box in the Security and privacy sections in Twitter’s settings.

– (IANS)

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Twitter Warns Unusual Activity From Hackers in China and Saudi Arabia

Importantly, this issue did not expose full phone numbers or any other personal data

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Twitter warns 'unusual activity' from hackers in China, Saudi Arabia. Pixabay

Twitter has warned of “unusual activity” from state-sponsored actors based in China and Saudi Arabia after it found a bug that could have revealed the country code of users’ phone numbers or if their account was locked.

The revelation led to Twitter stock dropping nearly 7 per cent on Monday.

In a statement, Twitter said it discovered the bug on November 15 and fixed it a day later.

“During our investigation, we noticed some unusual activity involving the affected customer support form API. Specifically, we observed a large number of inquiries coming from individual IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia,” said the micro-blogging platform, used by over 336 million users, on one of its support forms.

“While we cannot confirm intent or attribution for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors,” Twitter warned.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

The bug, said the company, could be used to discover the country code of people’s phone numbers if they had one associated with their Twitter account, as well as whether or not their account had been locked by Twitter.

Twitter locks an account if it appears to be compromised or in violation of its rules or Terms of Service.

“Importantly, this issue did not expose full phone numbers or any other personal data.

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“We have directly informed the people we identified as being affected. We are providing this broader notice as it is possible that other account holders we cannot identify were potentially impacted,” Twitter said, adding it is “sorry this happened”.

A Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch: “For our part, we are committed to understanding how bad-faith actors use our services. We will continue to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter.” (IANS)