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How to Keep Your Twitter Account Secure Without Having to Pay for the Privilege

Wednesday February 22, 2023 1:52 am PST by
Twitter in February 2023 announced that text message two-factor authentication (2FA) is set to become a premium feature for Twitter Blue accounts. Here's why the company's logic behind the decision doesn't make any sense from a security perspective, and why you don't need the feature anyway. Twitter has said that it will soon be removing text message-based 2FA from non-paying accounts and...

How to Create Your Own GIFs in the Twitter iOS App

Wednesday March 23, 2022 7:19 pm PDT by
Twitter has updated its iOS app with a new in-app camera feature that lets users create their own animated GIFs for posting to the social media platform. The following steps show you how it's done. In Twitter, hit the big blue plus button to start composing a tweet. Tap the picture icon in the compose window, just above the virtual keyboard. Tap the camera icon. Make sure GIF is selected ...

How to Pin Twitter Direct Messages to the Top of Your Inbox

Thursday February 24, 2022 10:10 am PST by
Twitter has added a new feature to its official iOS app that allows you pin chats to the top of your inbox. This article explains how it's done. Previously only available if you were a paying Twitter Blue subscriber, anyone who uses Twitter's official app for iPhone and iPad can now make their favorite direct message conversations easily accessible by pinning them to the top of the inbox....

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X Confirms Plan to Make 'Likes' Private, Remove Likes Tab From Profiles

Thursday May 23, 2024 2:02 am PDT by
Social media platform X (formerly Twitter) will soon stop showing public "likes" on users' profile pages, the company has said. The plan was confirmed on Wedndesday by X engineers, after MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris uncovered a flag in X's iOS app revealing the coming change. Perris found that turning off the flag completely removes the "Likes" tab from all user profiles. His discovery ...
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X Rolls Out Passkeys Support to iPhone Users Worldwide

Tuesday April 9, 2024 1:51 am PDT by
X, formerly Twitter, has extended support for passkeys as a login option for iPhone users across the globe, the company has announced. Passkeys support was introduced by X earlier this year, but the option was limited to iOS users based in the United States. Now anyone on the social media platform can use them. Passkeys are both easier to use and more secure than passwords because they...
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Meta, Microsoft, X and Match Join Epic Games in Protesting Fees for Non-App Store Purchase Links

Wednesday March 20, 2024 12:04 pm PDT by
Meta, Microsoft, X, and Match today joined Epic Games to protest the way Apple complied with a court ruling requiring it to walk back its anti-steering rules. In an amicus brief in support of ‌Epic Games‌ (via The Wall Street Journal), the four companies said that the fees Apple is charging are too high, and that there are too many restrictions on how developers link to their websites. "The Apple ...
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Spaces Hosts on X Can Now Broadcast Video During a Chat Session

Thursday February 29, 2024 12:25 am PST by
Spaces, or live audio chat sessions on Twitter (now X), now support video, owner Elon Musk announced on Wednesday by reposting a video tutorial by the user DogeDesigner. When hosts create a new Spaces session, they will see a new option to "enable video," and can use their phone's front or back-facing cameras, in either landscape or portrait mode, for their video feed. Currently, only...
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X for iOS Adds Support for Passkeys, Allowing for More Secure Logins

Wednesday January 24, 2024 1:42 am PST by
X, formerly Twitter, now supports passkeys as a login option for iOS users in the United States, the company has announced. Passkeys are both easier to use and more secure than passwords because they let users sign in to apps and sites the same way they unlock their devices: With Face ID, Touch ID, or a device passcode. Passkeys are also resistant to online attacks like phishing, making them ...
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Apple Pausing Advertising on X Following Latest Elon Musk Controversy

Friday November 17, 2023 11:14 am PST by
Apple is pausing all of its advertising on social network X, formerly known as Twitter, reports Axios. The decision comes following antisemitic remarks that Musk made on Wednesday. After advertisers fled from X after Musk's takeover of the social network, Apple continued to pay for ad spots, and has been one of the Twitter's largest ad partners. Back in March, Musk thanked Apple for its...
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X Tests 'Not A Bot' Program That Charges New Users $1/Year to Post

Tuesday October 17, 2023 5:28 pm PDT by
X, the social network formerly known as Twitter, today announced that it is testing a "Not A Bot" program that charges new, unverified users $1 per year to post and interact with content on X. Not A Bot is being tested in New Zealand and the Phillipines at the current time, and it only applies to new users. The X support account says that existing users are not affected "within this test." ...
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Twitter May Be Planning to Add More Premium Tiers

Thursday October 5, 2023 3:47 pm PDT by
Social network X, previously known as Twitter, may soon offer more than one subscription tier. Code in the app suggests that the Premium offering could be split into three, including Premium Basic, Premium Standard, and Premium Plus. Premium Basic lists "full ads" in the For You feed, while Premium Standard says it has "half ads" in For You. Premium Plus says there will be no ads in For You. ...

Twitter (X) Gains Unique 'Like' Animation for Today's Apple Event

Tuesday September 12, 2023 12:52 am PDT by
Twitter (now X) has added a unique "like" animation for Apple's "Wonderlust" event set to take place later on Tuesday. Hit the ❤️ and wonder awaits#AppleEvent— Hashmojis (@hashmojis) September 12, 2023 Hitting the Like button causes the logo to disperse into pieces, before changing back into the typical love heart. The brief animation reflects the Apple logo...
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Apple's September iPhone 15 Event Hashmoji Now Live on Twitter

Tuesday August 29, 2023 12:08 pm PDT by
Apple has started preparations for its upcoming September 12 iPhone-centric event, and the official hashmoji for the event has now launched. The #AppleEvent hashmoji on Twitter (or "X") now includes a custom-designed Apple logo that matches the design that Apple is using for the September event. Hashmoji, or hashflags as they used to be called, are custom, paid icons that appear next to...
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Elon Musk Plans to Remove Option to Block People on Twitter

Friday August 18, 2023 11:01 am PDT by
Twitter or "X" owner Elon Musk today said that the option to block people on Twitter is going to be "deleted as a feature" in the future, as it "makes no sense." Musk made the comment in response to a tweet asking whether there was a reason to block someone instead of muting someone on the social network. Mute and block are two fundamentally different features on Twitter. Mute prevents you...
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Elon Musk Wants Apple to Lower Fees for 'X' Creators

Wednesday August 2, 2023 2:08 pm PDT by
Twitter or "X" CEO Elon Musk today said that he plans to speak with Apple CEO Tim Cook about lower App Store fees for creators who earn money through subscriptions on the Twitter/X social network. In a post on creator support, Musk said that he plans to ask Apple to collect 30 percent of the creator fee that Twitter keeps rather than 30 percent of the total fee that a creator on Twitter...
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Twitter Finally Turns to 'X' on Apple's App Store

Monday July 31, 2023 6:01 am PDT by
X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has updated its official app on Apple's App Store to conform with the new branding that was announced last weekend by billionaire owner Elon Musk. Instead of "Let's talk" – Twitter's original tagline – "Blaze your glory!" is the curious subtitle on X's iOS App Store listing, which describes the app as "the trusted digital town...
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Twitter Rebranded as 'X'

Monday July 24, 2023 3:21 am PDT by
Twitter has rebranded as "X" worldwide, under the direction of owner Elon Musk. An "interim" logo featuring a white X on a black background has replaced the original blue bird logo on the platform, signaling the billionaire's intention to transform the social media network into an "everything app" similar to China's WeChat. Musk on Sunday changed his profile picture to the new logo and added ...
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Twitter Accuses Meta of Poaching Employees to Build Threads

Thursday July 6, 2023 1:40 pm PDT by
Twitter appears to be unhappy with the runaway success of Threads, Meta's Twitter alternative that launched last night. Threads has amassed more than 30 million users in under 24 hours, making it the biggest threat to Twitter to date. According to Semafor, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro yesterday sent Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter [PDF] accusing Meta of "systemic, willful, and unlawful...
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Twitter Rolling Out Support for Picture-in-Picture on iOS

Friday June 30, 2023 12:07 pm PDT by
Twitter appears to be adopting support for picture-in-picture mode on the iPhone and iPad, with some Twitter users reporting access to a feature that allows them to watch Twitter videos while doing other tasks on the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌. Starting a video in Twitter and then swiping out of the app leaves the video player open, so Twitter users can use other apps while continuing to watch...
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Twitter to Stop Unverified Accounts From Appearing in Recommended Tweets [Updated]

Tuesday March 28, 2023 3:43 am PDT by
Twitter will prevent posts from unverified accounts from appearing in its "For You" algorithmic feed starting Saturday, April 15, CEO Elon Musk announced on Tuesday. The new policy means that only posts originating from paid-for Twitter Blue accounts will be included in the platform's stream of recommended tweets. In a post announcing the impending change, Musk said the decision to no...
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Tweetbot and Twitterrific Users Can Support the Developers by Declining Subscription Refunds

Thursday March 2, 2023 9:20 am PST by
Popular Twitter clients Tweetbot and Twitterrific stopped working overnight in January after Twitter disabled the API used by third-party apps. Twitter gave zero warning that the apps were being blocked from accessing Twitter content, and in fact made no statement on the situation for well over a week. Twitter then officially updated its terms of service to ban all apps similar to the...
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Twitter Down, Many Users Unable to Access Timelines [Update: Fixed]

Wednesday March 1, 2023 1:45 am PST by
Social network Twitter is experiencing a global outage at the current time, with most users unable to refresh or in some cases even load their timeline feeds. Neither Twitter's website nor the Twitter iPhone app are working properly. Sending a tweet works in the app, but in many cases only the author can see their tweet given that timelines are out of action. Twitter Search is also...
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Twitter Officially Bans All Third-Party Apps [Update]

Friday January 20, 2023 9:40 am PST by
Twitter this week confirmed that it is no longer permitting third-party developers to create Twitter clients, with the information quietly shared in an updated developer agreement that was spotted by Engadget. A new clause under Restrictions says that developers are not able to "create a substitute or similar service or product to the Twitter Applications." This wording effectively bans all...