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Micro-blogging App Twitter Testing Prototype App ‘Twttr’ with New Features

Those who are chosen for the programme have been asked to use "twttr" as their primary Twitter app

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In order to test improved conversation features on its platform, microblogging app Twitter has launched prototype app “twttr” where users can join and test it.

The idea of the prototype app was first announced in February.

“Our prototype app, ‘twttr’, launches to the first group of participants today. #LetsHaveAConvo about new features to build a better Twitter together,” Twitter Support tweeted on Monday, inviting users to help them review test features.

The social media giant has been exploring the idea of adding colour to replies — a user who posts the initial tweet would see their responses in grey while replies from followers would be in blue.

To make conversations appear chat-like, Twitter has also been considering a new round design for replies, CNET reported.

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However, not all test features are expected to make their way to the final product.

The “twttr” app is presently only available for iOS users to try and review. It remains unclear by when would the prototype app reach Android and web users.

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“Twitter says most participants in the prototype program will be English or Japanese speakers,” CNET added.

Those who are chosen for the programme have been asked to use “twttr” as their primary Twitter app. (IANS)

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New Policy by Twitter May Tackle Deepfake Videos: Report

At an event in California on Monday, Vijaya Gadde who is Legal, Public Policy & Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, also said the company is going to make policy changes around manipulated videos

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Twitter is working on a new policy to tackle deepfake videos on its platform that will address the content which could threaten someone’s physical safety or lead to offline harm.

The micro-blogging platform has asked its users how best the synthetic and manipulated videos can be addressed.

“Deepfakes” are video forgeries that make people appear to be saying things they never did, like the popular forged videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that went viral recently.

“We’re always updating our rules based on how online behaviours change. We’re working on a new policy to address synthetic and manipulated media on Twitter, but first we want to hear from you,’ Twitter said on Monday.

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

“We need to consider how synthetic media is shared on Twitter in potentially damaging contexts; we want to listen and consider your perspectives in our policy development process and we want to be transparent about our approach and values,” Twitter Safety posted on its platform.

“Deepfake” techniques, which present realistic AI-generated videos of real people doing and saying fictional things, have significant implications for determining the legitimacy of information presented online.

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In the coming weeks, Twitter will announce a feedback period so that users can help it refine this policy before it goes live.

At an event in California on Monday, Vijaya Gadde who is Legal, Public Policy & Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, also said the company is going to make policy changes around manipulated videos. (IANS)