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.

SSR case: New complaint filed with NHRC seeking 'fair investigation'

14 Jun 2021

Entertainment
SSR case: New complaint filed with NHRC seeking 'fair investigation'

A new complaint has been filed with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to ensure that a fair investigation is conducted in the ongoing death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Giving girls mobiles leads to rapes: UP Women Commission member

10 Jun 2021

India
Giving girls mobiles leads to rapes: UP Women Commission member

Young women should not be given mobile phones as they "talk with boys and later run away with them," said a member of the Uttar Pradesh Women Commission - triggering outrage and raising questions about the deep-rooted misogyny and gender bias in the Indian society.

Tipster suggests Twitter is actively developing new Super Follow feature

07 Jun 2021

Technology
Tipster suggests Twitter is actively developing new Super Follow feature

Shortly after unveiling the Twitter Blue subscription model, the microblogging platform has resumed work on exploring another monetization avenue, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. She had recently tweeted that Twitter is working on the application process for Super Follow.

Netizens still want ban on 'The Family Man-2': Here's why

06 Jun 2021

Entertainment
Netizens still want ban on 'The Family Man-2': Here's why

When voices erupted against an ill-portrait of Eelam Tamils in the Amazon Prime Video series The Family Man 2 upon its trailer launch, makers Raj and DK asked viewers to first watch the show and then criticize it.

Dilip Kumar hospitalized due to breathlessness, Saira Banu seeks prayers

06 Jun 2021

Entertainment
Dilip Kumar hospitalized due to breathlessness, Saira Banu seeks prayers

Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar has been admitted to a hospital on Sunday morning after suffering from "episodes of breathlessness."

Nigeria suspends Twitter indefinitely after it censored President Muhammadu Buhari

05 Jun 2021

Technology
Nigeria suspends Twitter indefinitely after it censored President Muhammadu Buhari

Not long after Twitter deleted Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's tweet for violating its rules, the country's government revealed on Friday that it was "indefinitely" suspending the microblogging platform.

Twitter earns final warning from Indian government following blue-tick purge

05 Jun 2021

Technology
Twitter earns final warning from Indian government following blue-tick purge

Earlier today, Twitter was banned indefinitely in Nigeria. It might meet the same fate in India if it continues escalating its feud with the Indian government.

Twitter de-verifies, then restores verification for VP Venkaiah Naidu's account

05 Jun 2021

Technology
Twitter de-verifies, then restores verification for VP Venkaiah Naidu's account

Twitter is taking its war with the Indian government into high gear. After removing the verification badge of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's personal account, the microblogging site restored it following uproar against the partisan move.

KRK's 'Govinda Bhai' in tweet isn't the Govinda we know?

04 Jun 2021

Entertainment
KRK's 'Govinda Bhai' in tweet isn't the Govinda we know?

Self-proclaimed critic Kamaal R Khan, aka KRK, has tweeted to clarify that the "Govinda Bhai" whom he thanked some days ago on Twitter, is not Bollywood's Govinda.

Twitter Blue subscription finally launched in Australia, Canada

04 Jun 2021

Technology
Twitter Blue subscription finally launched in Australia, Canada

Twitter has finally launched its first-ever subscription plan - Twitter Blue in Australia and Canada.

NewsBytes Briefing: Tesla gets dearer due to pandemic, and more

02 Jun 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Tesla gets dearer due to pandemic, and more

The pandemic has made life hard for everyone across the board. Gamers can't buy graphics cards and carmakers can't, well, make cars due to lack of essential chips.

Twitter working on recently-introduced misinformation labels for specificity

01 Jun 2021

Technology
Twitter working on recently-introduced misinformation labels for specificity

Shortly after being slapped with a non-compliance notice by the Delhi High Court, Twitter is back in the news, albeit for a new feature.

NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon will set your Wi-Fi free, and more

01 Jun 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon will set your Wi-Fi free, and more

Not long after nipping the workers' union in the bud, Jeff Bezos and company want to share your means of internet connectivity. You have 10 days to opt out of Amazon's Sidewalk program if you own an Alexa, Echo, or other Amazon devices.

SSR case: Fans attack Filmfare; NCB summons late actor's househelps

31 May 2021

Entertainment
SSR case: Fans attack Filmfare; NCB summons late actor's househelps

Fans of Sushant Singh Rajput are miffed with a publication for allegedly painting a wrong narrative around the actor's mysterious death.

Delhi HC slaps Twitter with notice for flouting IT Rules

31 May 2021

Business
Delhi HC slaps Twitter with notice for flouting IT Rules

The Delhi High Court issued a notice to Twitter on Monday for failing to comply to the recently-enforced Information Technology guidelines encompassing social media platforms.

Twitter pauses public verification amid deluge of fresh applications

30 May 2021

Technology
Twitter pauses public verification amid deluge of fresh applications

Earlier this month, Twitter had announced that it will restart the account verification process after an almost four-year hiatus. Verified Twitter accounts are easily identifiable by a blue tick.

Yuvika Choudhary's casteist slur controversy: Haryana Police books actress

30 May 2021

Entertainment
Yuvika Choudhary's casteist slur controversy: Haryana Police books actress

Looks like online trolling is not the only problem for actress Yuvika Choudhary in the casteist slur controversy.

Google, Facebook comply with IT Ministry rules; Twitter's stance unclear

29 May 2021

Business
Google, Facebook comply with IT Ministry rules; Twitter's stance unclear

Google, Facebook, and the latter's subsidiary WhatsApp have reportedly agreed to comply with the new rules defined by the Indian Government's IT Ministry. Twitter's intention to comply remains unclear.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple has its eyes on cryptocurrencies, and more

29 May 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Apple has its eyes on cryptocurrencies, and more

Apple either bucks the trend and adopts radically new technologies long before competitors, or it takes its own sweet time to embrace new tech used by everyone. The cryptocurrency craze, however, fits between these two scenarios.

'Twitter Blue' subscription confirmed for $2.99/month through App Store listing

28 May 2021

Technology
'Twitter Blue' subscription confirmed for $2.99/month through App Store listing

We had reported clues that Twitter plans to adopt a freemium model by paywalling some features behind the $2.99-a-month Twitter Blue subscription. But even as Twitter continues to remain tight-lipped about the feature, it has tacitly confirmed it through an App Store listing.

#ITRules: Twitter needs to follow law of land, says Centre

27 May 2021

Business
#ITRules: Twitter needs to follow law of land, says Centre

The central government on Thursday rebuked the microblogging platform Twitter over compliance with the controversial new IT rules.

Randeep Hooda criticized for sexist, casteist 'joke' against Mayawati

27 May 2021

Entertainment
Randeep Hooda criticized for sexist, casteist 'joke' against Mayawati

Actor Randeep Hooda was at the center of a growing social media storm on Wednesday over a nine-year video in which he's seen making derogatory comments against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

IT rules: Centre seeks compliance status from Facebook, Twitter 'ASAP'

26 May 2021

Business
IT rules: Centre seeks compliance status from Facebook, Twitter 'ASAP'

The central government on Wednesday asked social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp to share their status of compliance with the new IT rules.

NewsBytes Briefing: Delhi Police pays Twitter a visit, and more

26 May 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Delhi Police pays Twitter a visit, and more

Twitter learned the hard way that Narendra Modi shouldn't be confused with Donald Trump, and that its arbitrary policies won't fly in India.

After Munmun Dutta, Yuvika Choudhary utters casteist slur, angers netizens

25 May 2021

Entertainment
After Munmun Dutta, Yuvika Choudhary utters casteist slur, angers netizens

Yuvika Choudhary is the latest celebrity to earn the wrath of netizens over misinformed/ignorant conduct.

Delhi Police v/s Twitter India: All you need to know

25 May 2021

Business
Delhi Police v/s Twitter India: All you need to know

Twitter offices in Delhi and Gurugram were visited by the Special Cell of Delhi Police to serve a notice pertaining to the "Congress toolkit" case. This follows days after Twitter flagged BJP spokesman Sambit Patra's tweet as "manipulated media".

'Sooryavanshi', 'Bell Bottom' releasing on Independence Day? Akshay Kumar responds

23 May 2021

Entertainment
'Sooryavanshi', 'Bell Bottom' releasing on Independence Day? Akshay Kumar responds

There were reports doing the rounds that Akshay Kumar's upcoming cop drama Sooryavanshi will see a theatrical release around Independence Day if halls open up by August.

NewsBytes Briefing: Clubhouse officially comes to Android, and more

22 May 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Clubhouse officially comes to Android, and more

Clubhouse sure has played its exclusivity card to the ragged end. But like all things new and intriguing, the novelty of the audio-only social media platform has worn off, which has manifested in a 10-fold drop in downloads of the iOS app.

You can get a blue tick on Twitter: Here's how

21 May 2021

Business
You can get a blue tick on Twitter: Here's how

Almost three-and-a-half years after pausing the application process for Twitter account verification, the microblogging platform said on Thursday that it will begin rolling out the review and application process for everyone once again.

Clubhouse app is now available on Android globally (including India)

21 May 2021

Technology
Clubhouse app is now available on Android globally (including India)

Popular voice-based social media app Clubhouse has finally made its way to Android. The app is available for download on the Google Play Store in India and around the world but users will still require an invite to sign up and participate.

NewsBytes Briefing: ByteDance co-founder steps down as CEO, and more

21 May 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: ByteDance co-founder steps down as CEO, and more

While the Big Tech oligarchy unpersoned a sitting US President, China seemingly took those lessons to heart and began cracking down on the tech oligarchy within its own backyard.

#FamilyMan2_against_Tamils trend, netizens call for boycott of Amazon services

19 May 2021

Entertainment
#FamilyMan2_against_Tamils trend, netizens call for boycott of Amazon services

After months of delay and making fans wait, makers finally dropped the trailer of The Family Man 2 and announced its release date.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitterati feels the subscription blues, and more

18 May 2021

Technology
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitterati feels the subscription blues, and more

Apple has been going after its Big Tech rivals by hurting their ad revenue models, but Twitter is making sure it can weather Apple's impending "adpocalypse".

New Twitter Blue subscription could cost $2.99 per month

18 May 2021

Technology
New Twitter Blue subscription could cost $2.99 per month

In March, we reported that microblogging giant Twitter could give users an undo tweet feature to reconsider tweets before posting. The platform was also mulling ways to monetize the service with premium features.

'Sherni' poster: Vidya Balan's 'fearless' avatar as forest officer intrigues

17 May 2021

Entertainment
'Sherni' poster: Vidya Balan's 'fearless' avatar as forest officer intrigues

Vidya Balan will soon be seen in Sherni, which will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video in June.

Why BJP minister Hardeep Puri helping Mallika Dua irked netizens?

17 May 2021

Entertainment
Why BJP minister Hardeep Puri helping Mallika Dua irked netizens?

Questions of celebrity privilege, political inclination, and rich-poor divide came to the fore surrounding actress/comedienne Mallika Dua recently.

Miss Universe: Mexico's Andrea Meza wins, Miss India 3rd runner-up

17 May 2021

Entertainment
Miss Universe: Mexico's Andrea Meza wins, Miss India 3rd runner-up

Mexico's Andrea Meza is the new Miss Universe. Defeating over 70 contestants, the 26-year-old impressed everyone at the 69th edition of the event with her honesty.

Twitter introduces DM search bar for Android after two years

16 May 2021

Technology
Twitter introduces DM search bar for Android after two years

Twitter users on Android have finally received the new search feature restricted to Direct Messages (DMs).

'Broken But Beautiful-3' teaser: Sidharth Shukla's Agastya mirrors Kabir Singh

14 May 2021

Entertainment
'Broken But Beautiful-3' teaser: Sidharth Shukla's Agastya mirrors Kabir Singh

ALTBalaji is back with the third season of Broken But Beautiful, and this time we have new leads in the form of Sidharth Shukla (Agastya), the current Internet's favorite, and Sonia Rathee (Rumi).

Halo, watermelon smile dog from 'Thoughts of Dog,' passes away

12 May 2021

Lifestyle
Halo, watermelon smile dog from 'Thoughts of Dog,' passes away

Halo, the dog behind the iconic watermelon picture of the Twitter page 'Thoughts of Dog,' has died. She was nine.

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