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According to 9To5Mac, these new features are still under development and were discovered in Twitter's code by developer and app researcher Nima Owji. More specifically, the code indicates that Twitter is adding four new options to Spaces that should give hosts more control over the room.
According to Owji's findings, the company wants to provide "rules" for Spaces users, the report said. For now the rules are unclear but this will probably include a section for hosts to define what can and cannot be said on Spaces. There will also be a new option to "block" Spaces, which may indicate that Twitter will let users restrict a live conversation to a specific group of people. However, what's even more interesting are the codes about a "replay" option for Spaces, the report added.
At present, the only way to join Spaces is when the conversation is live. After Spaces is over, users cannot listen to it again, it said. Now it seems that Twitter wants to change that, but most likely the "replay" will become an optional feature. When enabled, users will also be able to see the duration and which people participated in that chat.
As per the report, since these are only findings from Twitter's code, it's unknown when these features will be rolled out to the public. Earlier in August, Twitter introduced the option to add a co-host to Spaces, as well as including its live audio platform in Twitter's official API for third-party clients.
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After several users reported eye strain, headaches and even migraines owing to the high visual contrast in the new Twitter design with buttons, links and new font called Chirp, the micro-blogging platform on Saturday announced that it has decided to change the contrast on all buttons.
The company said in a post that it is making contrast changes on all buttons to make them easier on the eyes "because you told us the new look is uncomfortable for people with sensory sensitivities".
"We're listening and iterating. We've identified issues with the Chirp font for Windows users and are actively working on a fix," the Twitter Accessibility account posted.
After Twitter announced a new redesign of its website with a new font this week, some users took to the platform saying it is difficult for them to read the posts.
"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us change the font back. It's incredibly difficult for me to read with, and it physically hurts to look at it," posted one user.
"Same. I can't believe they claimed this would be easier to read because it is definitely much harder to read," said another.
Earlier, Twitter announced that it was rolling out its Chirp font to the Twitter app and feed. The company detailed the Chirp font as one part of a broader brand refresh, unveiled in January, and now it said that it is ready to be used.
"Today, we released a few changes to the way Twitter looks on the web and on your phone. While it might feel weird at first, these updates make us more accessible, unique and focused on you and what you are talking about," the company said in a press release.(IANS/SB)
Facebook is reportedly testing a threads feature, just like Twitter, on Pages of some public figures that will provide them with the ability to create posts related to previous ones on a related subject.
The new feature which is under development ties the posts together more visually so fans can more easily follow updates over time, reports TechCrunch.
"When the new post appears on followers' News Feeds, it will be shown as being connected to the other posts in a thread," the report said on Friday.
Social media consultant Matt Navarra first spotted this feature in action.
Facebook is currently testing the feature with a small group of "public figures" on the platform.
The threaded posts will have a "View Post Thread" button, which lets followers easily navigate to see all of the posts in the thread.
When you tap on the button, you'll be shown where you can see all the threaded posts pieced together, according to the report.
To promote independent writers, Facebook has also announced a set of publishing and subscription tools -- Bulletin -- to support creators in the US.
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The tech giant said that Bulletin will include support focused on content creation, monetisation and audience growth. (IANS/AD)
As India takes its fight with Twitter over non-compliance with the new IT rules to the final round, can the country go ahead and block or suspend the platform the way Nigeria has done?
The Nigerian government has indefinitely suspended Twitter, just days after it accused the US micro-blogging platform of double standards and supporting the secessionists.
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The government expressed doubts about Twitter’s operations in the country after it deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In India, Twitter is in the eye of a storm for not complying with the new IT (intermediary) rules 2021 which requires the social media firms to appoint a grievance officer in the country. The company has requested the IT Ministry to consider a minimum of three-month for an order for the company to implement the new intermediary guidelines.
Amid the ongoing notice-and-letter game with Twitter, the Indian government has now told the micro-blogging platform it is clear from the responses of the common that to date it has not informed about the details of the Chief COfficernce Office as required under the Rules. The IT Ministry also said in its fresh notice that the Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person nominated by the platform are not its employees in India as required under the new rules.
According to experts, although it may be difficult for India to impose a suspension of services on the Twan matter for an indefinite period as done by Nigeria, the company must ensure it has its grievance officers in India and not in the US.
“If such a drastic action (like Nigeria) is taken against Twitter, then similar enforcement will have to be ensured across other social media platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp,” said Virag Gupta, the lawyer of former RSS ideologue K.N. Govindacharya, who is arguing the social media Designated Officers’ matter before the Delhi High Court.
“As per new intermediary rules, Twitter and other social media giants must have their grievance officers in India. These companies are stakeholders in the intermediary rules and must comply with newton’s order to ensure protection under Section 79 of IT Act, and further criminal liability,” Gupta told IANS.
Twitter did not comment on the latest notice by the IT Ministry.
The platform and the Centre are at loggerheads for quite some time. The war of words has been going on, but no stern action has been taken by the government to date.
According to leading cyber law expert Pavan Duggal, India needs to effectively enforce the provisions of the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, which have sought to define new parameters of due diligence that need to be followed by social media intermediaries.
“India needs to ensure that the new IT rules do become a mere paper tiger and are effectively implemented. Measures like invoking the criminal liability against social media companies could be a good way to transmit a message of deterrence to social media service providers that the Indian Cyberlaw means business,” Duggal told IANS.
The government needs to strictly implement the removal of the statutory exemption from legal liability of social media intermediaries once they fail to comply with Rule 7.
“This provision needs to be thoroughly enforced to force the social media companies to adopt more cogent methodologies, procedures and processes to fight growing fake news/misinformation on their platforms,” said Duggal, a seasoned Supreme Court lawyer.
However, Twitter, which witnessed a police raid on its offices in Delhi and Gurugram related to the alleged Congress toolkit controversy, has reaffirmed that it continues to accept grievances from users and law enforcement via its existing grievance redressal channel available under the new IT Rules.
“We would request the Ministry to consider a minimum of three months for an order for Twitter to implement the Rules,” the company had said. (IANS/AD).