Dec 12, 2017

Twitter is rolling out a "tweetstorm" button

Twitter logo as it appeared on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in October 2016. Photo: Richard Drew / AP

Tweet threads — also known as "tweetstorms" — will now be easier to create thanks to a new button the company is rolling out.

Background: Threads, which Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen helped popularize a few years ago (before he quit Twitter last year), have become the go-to format for expressing longer and more nuanced thoughts on the service. Even with the recent doubling of the character limit for tweets, users are still using threads to post longer messages, so it's no surprise it's been working on a way to make them easier to create.

  • Twitter is also adding a "Show this thread" label on threads to make it easier for users to read all the tweets at once instead of looking for them.
  • Like many of its other product changes and improvements, this is part of Twitter's attempt to make its service easier to use, especially for newcomers. The company has been under pressure from Wall Street for the last few years to boost its user growth.

Fun fact: A few years ago, Twitter submitted a trademark application for the word "tweetstorm."

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Police officer in George Floyd killing arrested

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was taken into custody Friday by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the Star Tribune's Briana Bierschbach.

The state of play: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that there was no additional charging information yet, as that decision is in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Trump forces fateful choices on Twitter and Facebook

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President Trump's war with Twitter is confronting social media platforms with a hard dilemma: whether to take fuller responsibility for what people say on their services, or to step back and assume a more quasi-governmental role.

The big picture: Facebook is trying to be more like a government committing to impartiality and protecting free speech and building mechanisms for arbitration. Twitter, pushed by Trump's inflammatory messages, is opting to more aggressively enforce conduct rules on its private property, like a mall owner enforcing rules inside the gates.

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