Twitter is testing “Customize your view” UI—a bit like MySpace

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Credit: https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/04/jack-dorsey-sheryl-sandberg-twitter-facebook-congress-hearings-preview/

Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature that will enable you to “customize your view” UI—a feature more like MySpace. Posting the screenshot on her Twitter page, reliable reverse engineer and social media analyst Jane Manchun Wong reports that the feature will allow you to “change theme color, shades of dark mode and font size.” Jane adds that the feature is expected to replace the “Dark Mode” sidebar toggle when fully launched.

Jane has a reputation for calling most of these tests long before the official release, and this is not expected to be any different. There is every chance that this feature would make it to a global launch—and hopefully that will be soon.

In other Twitter news, the BBC reports that the microblogging platform says it will start hiding tweets by world leaders and politicians that break its rules but have been left online in the interest of the public. Such tweets according to Twitter, will henceforth be hidden behind a notice.

One of the biggest criticism against Twitter is that it failed severally to apply its rules evenly—letting big wigs break its rules without apply necessary sanctions. While no retrospective actions would be taken against politicians and world leaders, notice will be applied to tweets sent after June 27.

Categories of people who will be affected by Twitter’s new rule include:

  • Those who are or represent a government official, running for government or are being considered for a position
  • Those who have more than 100,000 followers
  • Those who have a verified Twitter account

That said, the social media behemoth said cases such as direct and immediate threats of violence—tweets would be removed from the platform.

Good move without a doubt; however, the new rule is unlikely to go without criticism as some users may see this as censorship.

Earlier in the month, Twitter released the simplified version of its rules to make it easier for people to understand. To this end, Twitter has gone from having 2,500 to just 600 words, with each of its rules now in 280 characters or even less.

Twitter rules have now been categorized into safety, privacy and authenticity—for simplicity. In addition, more details have now been added around other policies including election integrity, platform manipulation and spam.

In summary, here is a look at what has changed according to Del Harvey Twitter’s VP Trust and Safety:

  • We’ve gone from about 2,500 words to under 600. In 280 characters or less, each rule clearly describes exactly what is not allowed on Twitter.
  • New categories — safety, privacy, and authenticity — mean our rules are organized thematically, so you can find the information you’re looking for more quickly.
  • We’re refreshing rule pages to have more information, including examples, step-by-step instructions about how to report, and details on what happens when we take action.

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Author: Ola Ric

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