News24LAST UPDATED: Nov. 18, 2020, 2:55 p.m.
New Delhi (Anish Yande): Twitter has developed a new feature named Fleets on its platform. Twitter Fleets are a feature that has replicated the Instagram Stories feature. This feature lets users post an update which disappears in 24 hours. According to Twitter, the Fleets cannot be liked or retweeted. Users can respond to the Fleets which appear in the direct messages tab of the users.
What Are Fleets and How to Use Them:
Twitter Fleets include text, photos, and videos that users can post to the platform. The Fleets are available to be selected on the sender’s profile. Fleets can also be selected from the upper region of Twitter users' home timelines.
To view the Fleet which is posted, users would have to swipe upwards on the home screen. To view the next Twitter user fleet, the user has to swipe horizontally. Users can select the 'Reply by DM' to respond to the Fleet. Users can reply to Twitter fleets by using an emoji.
The replies shall be private between these two users, similar to WhatsApp.
Twitter Reassures User Concerns:
Twitter has stated that its tweets are there to stay to reassure users who had voiced concerns.
Twitter addressed user concerns through a statement. In a blog post, designers at Twitter said that some users had voiced concerns that Tweeting was uncomfortable for them. These users felt that Tweeting was too public and permanent. Twitter stated that users felt pressure to increase their Retweets and Likes.
Twitter said, 'Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.'
Twitter Design Director Joshua Harris and Product Manager Sam Haveson had clarified these reasons for introducing Twitter's new feature.
Liz Kelley, a spokesperson for Twitter, has said that the recently introduced warning against the spread of misinformation applies to Fleets as well. During the recent US Elections, Twitter had introduced cautionary labels that warned against misinformation about Covid-19 and the election process.
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