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New Delhi:  What could have made Twitter grow beyond being just a micro-blogging, social media site and relent on its strict 140-character limit – at least for direct messaging services? Come July, twitteratis can send direct messages on the platform as long as 10,000 characters.

But why this sudden decision?

With growing popularity of direct messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook, experts feel Twitter’s decision was to keep its customers happy and the site competitive.

“Micro-blogging is the main identity of Twitter. They must be getting feedback from the users to increase the length of the direct messages from 140 characters,” Rishi Tejpal, principal research analyst at Gartner was quoted.

“I think the Twitter decision reflects its urge to diversify into different domains using existing infrastructure,” Tejpal added.

“We’ve done a lot to improve direct messages over the past year, and have much more exciting work on the horizon. One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!), is the removal of the 140 character limit in direct messages,” one of the Twitter developers wrote.

“Twitter has been upgrading its features with a focus on its direct messaging. Lifting the limit is going to be extremely useful for brands to not only handle customer issues, but in delighting customers,” says Sumana Samuk, digital marketing manager, Litehouse, an experienced design house under Harman International.

Increasing the character limit will definitely provide more flexibility.

“It will be a novelty,”said Sachin Doon, co-founder, Digital Research and Technology Solutions. “On the positive side, it could be used by businesses as well, like including product newsletter too in direct messages,” Doon was quoted by IANS.

“On the other side, I feel it good for those who still love to write descriptive letter-like things to each other, people might actually start to use proper grammar and punctuation.”

Inversely, consumers will also find it convenient to reach out to brands from any location.

“Brands have trained and integrated their team to handle customer relations. Now Twitter’s direct messaging service will come to their rescue. They can have one-on-one conversations, they can have customers’ personal details, since the service will use Twitter’s platform,” Samuk added. (IANS)

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Friday’s indictment was the first by Mueller that directly charges the Russian government with meddling in the election. The Kremlin denies it interfered

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Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news. Pixabay

Social networking site Twitter Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Donald Trump.

Twitter said Saturday it had suspended the accounts @DCLeaks_ and @Guccifer_2 that were named in the indictment, which alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy involving sophisticated hacking and staged release of documents.

The indictment alleges that from around June 2016 the conspirators released tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents “using fictitious online personas, including ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0.’”

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The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen. VOA

In a statement Saturday, a Twitter spokesman said: “The accounts have been suspended for being connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of our rules.”

Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news and “encourage healthy conversation,” the company said this month.

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Friday’s indictment was the first by Mueller that directly charges the Russian government with meddling in the election. The Kremlin denies it interfered.

Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the indictments proved that the United States “will not tolerate interference with our democratic processes and that there will be consequences for foreign meddling.” (VOA)