Articles about Twitter

Twitter is an American microblogging-style social networking platform where users can post messages called "tweets" and interact with the community by liking, retweeting, and sharing tweets. Users who haven't signed up can only read tweets and not interact with them. Interestingly, prior to April 2020, Twitter could also be accessed via SMS. Now, it is a mobile-centric application that can be accessed on a website as well. It is called a microblogging platform because the length of tweets was originally restricted to 140 characters. In 2017, the limit was doubled to 280 characters. Time-limited audio and video tweets can also be posted. Further, Twitter has earned notoriety as a microblogging service because most tweets are written by a small minority of users. As of 2019, Twitter boasted 330 million monthly active users. Following the viral success of the audio-based social networking app Clubhouse, Twitter launched a rival service known as Twitter Spaces where users could create audio-based discussion rooms called "spaces". In this format, the host and few speakers can host discussions and address several listeners. Monetization options for creators are also available on Spaces and the Twitter app.

Twitter testing new feature to remove unwanted followers, prevent abuse

09 Sep 2021

Twitter testing new feature to remove unwanted followers, prevent abuse

Microblogging platform Twitter's latest test feature for the web could come in handy if you are being abused online or just want to remove your followers without blocking them.

LinkedIn discontinues Stories feature in favor of 'short-form video format'

02 Sep 2021

LinkedIn discontinues Stories feature in favor of 'short-form video format'

Microsoft-owned networking platform LinkedIn recently announced that it is shutting down its Stories feature that allowed users to post content that disappears after 24 hours, just like Instagram and Snapchat stories.

Twitter starts rolling out Ticketed Spaces for some iOS users

31 Aug 2021

Twitter starts rolling out Ticketed Spaces for some iOS users

Twitter has been planning to monetize its Clubhouse-rival called Twitter Spaces ever since the new feature debuted. Now, the microblogging platform has announced that some iOS users would be able to charge an entry fee from attendees wanting to listen to their Spaces.

PM Modi lauds feats of Indian players at Paralympics

30 Aug 2021

PM Modi lauds feats of Indian players at Paralympics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian medal-winners at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday and also spoke to them over the phone to laud their efforts.

Twitter Spaces will now reside where Fleets used to

26 Aug 2021

Twitter Spaces will now reside where Fleets used to

In July, Twitter announced that it is retiring Fleets - disappearing tweets that resembled Instagram Stories. Now, the microblogging platform has announced that it will give that screen real estate (at the top of the user's timeline) to its Clubhouse competitor called Twitter Spaces.

'Pinch' S02 episode-6 review: Kiara responds to being called 'ghamandi'

25 Aug 2021

'Pinch' S02 episode-6 review: Kiara responds to being called 'ghamandi'

The sixth episode of Arbaaz Khan's innovative talk show, Pinch, welcomed Kiara Advani as the guest.

Ajith Kumar's 'Valimai,' Vijay's 'Master' ruled Twitter hashtags this year

23 Aug 2021

Ajith Kumar's 'Valimai,' Vijay's 'Master' ruled Twitter hashtags this year

Twitter announced the top hashtags in various categories today, on the occasion of #HashtagDay.

Twitter testing new process for reporting COVID-19 misinformation

19 Aug 2021

Twitter testing new process for reporting COVID-19 misinformation

Microblogging platform Twitter has announced that its users in the US, Australia, and South Korea will be able to report COVID-19 and election-related misinformation through the conventional process of reporting other kinds of unwanted content.

Twitter halts verification process once again to improve review process

15 Aug 2021

Twitter halts verification process once again to improve review process

Earlier this year, Twitter had announced that it had restarted accepting applications for its verification process through which Twitter accounts are given the revered blue tick.

Twitter revising user interface contrast settings following users' headache complaints

15 Aug 2021

Twitter revising user interface contrast settings following users' headache complaints

Last week, microblogging platform Twitter redesigned its user interface with the use of high contrast across visual elements like buttons and links while a new font called Chirp was added as well.

Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account restored after row over locking it

14 Aug 2021

Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account restored after row over locking it

Twitter has restored Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's account, one week after temporarily locking it.

'Attack on democracy': Rahul Gandhi slams Twitter for locking account

13 Aug 2021

'Attack on democracy': Rahul Gandhi slams Twitter for locking account

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today slammed Twitter for locking his account on the social media platform.

Adivi Sesh commences last schedule of 'Major'

12 Aug 2021

Adivi Sesh commences last schedule of 'Major'

South star Adivi Sesh on Thursday said the final schedule of his multilingual feature Major, based on the life of 2008 Mumbai terror attack martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, has begun in Telangana's capital, Hyderabad.

Twitter has introduced new fonts, and users aren't happy

12 Aug 2021

Twitter has introduced new fonts, and users aren't happy

Noticed anything different on Twitter recently? Well, it's intentional. The microblogging platform's Design department announced that alongside a host of tweaks to the web client and mobile app, Twitter has now switched to using its first proprietary font called Chirp.

Twitter now in compliance with IT Rules: Centre tells HC

10 Aug 2021

Twitter now in compliance with IT Rules: Centre tells HC

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Delhi High Court that Twitter Inc. now complies with the IT Rules, 2021 as it has appointed a permanent Chief Compliance Officer-cum-Resident Grievance Officer and a Nodal Contact Officer.

PM Modi, sporting fraternity hail men's hockey team's Olympic success

05 Aug 2021

PM Modi, sporting fraternity hail men's hockey team's Olympic success

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led the nation in hailing and celebrating the Indian men's hockey team's historic bronze medal-winning feat at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, saying the day will be etched in the memory of every Indian.

Gujarat: Video showing hundreds of blackbucks crossing road goes viral

29 Jul 2021

Gujarat: Video showing hundreds of blackbucks crossing road goes viral

A video showing hundreds of blackbucks crossing a road in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district has gone viral on social media platforms, and the spectacle drew praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Twitter rolls out new upvote-downvote system test for tweet replies

24 Jul 2021

Twitter rolls out new upvote-downvote system test for tweet replies

While Twitter may not have given in to users' longstanding requests for an "Edit Tweet" option, the microblogging platform has finally started testing a dislike button with a new Reddit-inspired upvote/downvote system on tweet replies.

Centre slams Twitter in Parliament over non-compliance of IT rules

22 Jul 2021

Centre slams Twitter in Parliament over non-compliance of IT rules

The Indian government said that Twitter's earlier statement expressing concerns over freedom of expression in India was a tactic to divert attention from its non-compliance with the country's laws at that time.

Veteran thespian Urmil Kumar Thapliyal dies at 78

21 Jul 2021

Veteran thespian Urmil Kumar Thapliyal dies at 78

Renowned theater personality and litterateur Urmil Kumar Thapliyal passed away in Lucknow following a prolonged illness. He was 78.

Twitter is killing its disappearing tweets feature called Fleets

15 Jul 2021

Twitter is killing its disappearing tweets feature called Fleets

In a tweet from its official handle, microblogging platform Twitter announced the retirement of Fleets. The feature displayed a row of fullscreen tweets at the top of a user's timeline that would disappear 24 hours after their creation.

'Didn't litter Ladakh': Aamir Khan clarifies after social media call-out

14 Jul 2021

'Didn't litter Ladakh': Aamir Khan clarifies after social media call-out

Aamir Khan and team Laal Singh Chaddha have now issued a statement refusing to accept all allegations of littering shooting locations in Ladakh.

Delete tweets against Lakshmi Puri, Delhi HC tells Saket Gokhale

13 Jul 2021

Delete tweets against Lakshmi Puri, Delhi HC tells Saket Gokhale

The Delhi High Court today directed self-described activist Saket Gokhale to immediately delete alleged defamatory tweets against former Indian envoy Lakshmi Puri.

'Tandoor' trailer: Refreshes memory about a horrific 1995 murder case

12 Jul 2021

'Tandoor' trailer: Refreshes memory about a horrific 1995 murder case

Makers dropped the trailer for the upcoming investigative thriller Tandoor today.

'Valimai': Keep your hearts steady as biker Ajith is here

11 Jul 2021

'Valimai': Keep your hearts steady as biker Ajith is here

Despite being announced in January 2019, we didn't get as much as a first-look poster or motion clip for Valimai from producer Boney Kapoor or lead star Thala Ajith until now.

#ITRules: Twitter ends tussle with Centre; appoints Resident Grievance Officer

11 Jul 2021

#ITRules: Twitter ends tussle with Centre; appoints Resident Grievance Officer

After much delay, Twitter named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer in compliance with the central government's new IT Rules.

#BoycottToofaan trends again; film slammed for allegedly promoting 'love jihad'

10 Jul 2021

#BoycottToofaan trends again; film slammed for allegedly promoting 'love jihad'

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's upcoming movie starring Farhan Akhtar Toofaan is touted to be a sports flick, chronicling the life of national-level boxer Aziz Ali.

Twitter is welcoming feedback on four new privacy-centric concept features

08 Jul 2021

Twitter is welcoming feedback on four new privacy-centric concept features

Despite losing its legal shield in India, Twitter continues to consistently add new features to its arsenal. A Twitter executive has detailed multiple privacy and user discovery-related feature concepts, some of which may materialize if Twitter receives positive feedback.

Delhi HC slams Saket Gokhale in Lakshmi Puri's defamation case

08 Jul 2021

Delhi HC slams Saket Gokhale in Lakshmi Puri's defamation case

The Delhi High Court today slammed self-described activist Saket Gokhale for putting out allegedly defamatory tweets against former Indian envoy Lakshmi Puri.

Will appoint grievance officer in 8 weeks, Twitter tells court

08 Jul 2021

Will appoint grievance officer in 8 weeks, Twitter tells court

Twitter today informed the Delhi High Court that it needs eight weeks' time to appoint a grievance officer in India, in compliance with the Indian government's new Information Technology rules.

Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who replaces RS Prasad as IT Minister

08 Jul 2021

Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who replaces RS Prasad as IT Minister

India saw a flurry of resignations from some of the top jobs in the country on Wednesday.

Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, Google alleging violation of First Amendment

08 Jul 2021

Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, Google alleging violation of First Amendment

On Wednesday, former US President Donald Trump announced that he will move court against Facebook, Google, Twitter, and their CEOs.

Film being made on Pinki Pramanik, thanks to Ashoke Pandit

07 Jul 2021

Film being made on Pinki Pramanik, thanks to Ashoke Pandit

Director/producer Ashoke Pandit announced that he has bagged the rights of Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik's story.

Twitter MD says would appear before police on one condition

06 Jul 2021

Twitter MD says would appear before police on one condition

Manish Maheshwari, the chief of Twitter's India operations, has told the Karnataka High Court he is ready to appear before the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the Ghaziabad assault video case, on one condition.

Police notice to Twitter's ex-grievance officer in Ghaziabad assault case

06 Jul 2021

Police notice to Twitter's ex-grievance officer in Ghaziabad assault case

The Ghaziabad Police has sent a notice to Twitter's former grievance officer in India, Dharmendra Chatur, in connection with the Loni assault video case.

Dilip Kumar's health is improving: Saira Banu

06 Jul 2021

Dilip Kumar's health is improving: Saira Banu

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Mumbai, has shown improvement in his health, his wife Saira Banu said late on Monday night.

IT Rules law of the land; Twitter must comply: Centre

05 Jul 2021

IT Rules law of the land; Twitter must comply: Centre

Twitter needs to "mandatorily" comply with the new IT Rules, which are the "law of the land," the central government told the Delhi High Court.

'Friendship': Makers release new poster on star Harbhajan Singh's birthday

04 Jul 2021

'Friendship': Makers release new poster on star Harbhajan Singh's birthday

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh is warming up to impress fans with his first major role in the Tamil movie Friendship soon.

Will 'Bell Bottom' finally end up being an OTT release?

04 Jul 2021

Will 'Bell Bottom' finally end up being an OTT release?

Clouds of uncertainty around the release of Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom are far from clearing out.

Despite rare emotional-plea, court retains Britney Spears's father as conservator

01 Jul 2021

Despite rare emotional-plea, court retains Britney Spears's father as conservator

Hopes of getting free remained elusive for pop star Britney Spears as a Los Angeles judge retained her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator.