Twitter is reportedly working on a small but important [that of course, is relative] update that will replace the “Reply with comment” feature with “Quote.” It is a small update, and of course, the the info is not from an official source.
Reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong tweeted a screenshot of the change via her twitter page recently. If it does make it to a global launch, the new Quote feature could replace the mouthful one that is lined up as a part of two options that allows you to retweet without quoting the original tweet or with it.
The structure does not change as every other thing except the title of the feature will now bear a new name. Jane has a reputation for calling some of these yet to be released features long before they are rolled out or announced.
So, while we await an official confirmation [an official announcement is very unlikely] of the feature, there are other related Twitter news you might be interested in.
Fresh from an attack that left the account of some high profile users vulnerable for a couple of hours, the social media giant last month updated its “Link” policy to block hateful conduct on its platform.
The microblogging company announced that it will start limiting the spread of the following categories of links:
- Links that contain or lead to malware.
- Attempts at phishing.
- Malicious redirected links that that send people to an unexpected destination.
- Links associated with known platform manipulation campaigns.
- URL shorteners that are primarily used to mislead or deceive people about the website’s content.
- Otherwise misleading or deceptive links; e.g., malicious affiliate links and clickjacking links.
Twitter’s new policy has already taken effect, and specific URLs might no longer be allowed to have a free reign on the platform. Twitter may start blocking specific URLs categorized as harmful, while accounts that frequently share these types of links may get suspended.
Twitter had already vowed that its platform would no longer welcome right-wing conspiracy theory also known as QAnon. The microblogging company said it would begin treating QAnon content on its platform differently. Going forward, the company said it would remove related topics from its trending pages and algorithm recommendations. It went further to add that it would rid its platform of all associated URLs, and permanently suspend any accounts tweeting about QAnon that had previously been suspended.
Twitter said it would continue to provide transparency and additional context as it makes other related policy choices from time to time. Quoting a Twitter spokesperson, TechCrunch, reports that the action will affect 150,000 accounts and more than 7,000 QAnon-related accounts previously removed for violating Twitter rules around platform manipulation, evading a ban and spam.