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Twitter Starts Testing New Feature Called “Fleets”

Twitter begins testing disappearing tweets called 'Fleets'

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Twitter has started testing its own version of disappearing posts called "Fleets". Pixabay

Taking inspiration from Snapchat “Stories”, Twitter has started testing its own version of disappearing posts called “Fleets”. This is the latest news.

The test confirms that Twitter has become the latest major social media platform to take a liking for disappearing posts first popularised by Snapchat.

The test of “Fleets” began in Brazil on Wednesday, Twitter said, adding that it started testing the new way of having conversations as some people feel insecure to tweet because the posts are public, permanent and exhibit public engagement counts — likes and retweets. If the test yields the desired results, Twitter plans to make Fleets available in other countries as well.

“We want to make it possible for you to have conversations on the platform in new ways, with less pressure and more control, in addition to Tweets and Direct Messages (Dms),” Mo Al Adham, a Twitter group product manager said in a blog post.

“This is the reason why we will test, starting today in Brazil, a new feature called Fleets, a way to have conversations initiated with your fleeting thoughts,” he wrote. The ‘Fleets’ disappear after 24 hours and and they have no retweets, likes or public comments.

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Twitter has become the latest major social media platform to take a liking for disappearing posts. Pixabay

“In an initial survey, people told us that, once the Fleets are gone, they are more comfortable sharing everyday and everyday thoughts. We hope that those people who are not usually comfortable with Tweeting use Fleets to talk about the reflections that come to their head,” Al Adham said. Like tweets, Fleets are based primarily on text, but people can include videos, GIFs or photos in them.

Those who want to reply to a Fleet, they can click on it to send a Direct Message (DM) or emoji, and continue this conversation on their DMs. “Your followers will be able to see your Fleets at the top of their Home Page, and anyone who can access your full profile will also be able to find your Fleets there. If your DMs are open, anyone can react to your Fleets,” Al Adham said.

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“Depending on how the test goes, we must take the Fleets to other countries,” Al Adham said. Different versions of disappearing posts are already available across all other major social networks including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and YouTube. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls Back a Privacy Setting That Allowed Users To Stop Sharing Personal Data With Advertisers

Twitter said in a statement that the move is "part of our ongoing work around transparency and control"

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Twitter said in a statement that the move is "part of our ongoing work around transparency and control". Pixabay

In a weird move apparently to bring in more ad dollars, Twitter has rolled back a privacy setting that allowed users to stop sharing some personal data with its advertisers, saying the update will help the company “continue operating as a free service.”

Users in India and elsewhere received the pop-up message late Wednesday, which said that “the control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed.” “Specifically, your ability to control mobile app advertising measurements has been removed, but you can control whether to share some non-public data to improve Twitter’s marketing activities on other sites and apps,” read the pop-up.

An option in Twitter’s privacy settings called “Share your data with Twitter’s business partners” used to let users disable sharing some of their personal information. That setting is still there but you have no control over “mobile app advertising measurements”, unless you are in Europe or in the UK where you can still opt out from sharing “non-public” personal information like device identifiers.

Twitter said in a statement that the move is “part of our ongoing work around transparency and control”. “Twitter shares certain non-public personal information with certain digital advertising platforms to help measure and optimize the effectiveness of our efforts to market Twitter on those platforms,” said the company.

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In a weird move apparently to bring in more ad dollars, Twitter has rolled back a privacy setting that allowed users to stop sharing some personal data with its advertisers, saying the update will help the company “continue operating as a free service”. Pixabay

This information can include IP address and mobile device advertising identifiers for devices that open or log in to Twitter’s mobile apps, but does not include your name, email, phone number, or Twitter username, said the company.

Twitter shares certain non-public personal information with advertisers who run mobile application advertising campaigns through its platform. This information can include which ads a particular browser or device saw, watched, or otherwise interacted with.

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Additionally, Twitter said it will now run ads for its app on Facebook and Google. Users can opt out of sharing “non-public” data such as whether or not they installed Twitter’s app as a result of an ad with Google and Facebook. (IANS)