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Twitter’s more forgiving character count is rolling out now

Twitter’s more forgiving character count is rolling out now

Twitter has started rolling out its new more forgiving character counting method for tweets, doing so right when the anonymous sources said it would. With this new counting method, certain things don't count against the tweet's maximum character count, though that is remaining the same at 140-characters per tweet. You can, for example, share a GIF or a photo without it counting against the character count, among other things.

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Twitter livestreaming video apps arrive for Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV

Twitter livestreaming video apps arrive for Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV

Twitter has launched livestreaming video apps for the Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, giving owners of those devices the ability to watch livestreaming videos from Twitter. This will include, says the company, Thursday Night Football games and livestreaming content from others like Campus Insiders, Bloomberg News, MLB Advanced Media, Pac 12 Networks, Cheddar, and the NBA.

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Twitter’s reworked character limit tipped to arrive September 19

Twitter’s reworked character limit tipped to arrive September 19

Twitter gives you 140 characters to say whatever it is you need to say. This is a very restrictive limit, yes, but one that is ultimately good for the service, many users argue. That’s why past notions of raising the character limit resulted in swift outcries against doing so, and why Twitter’s May announcement was received with a mixed response. At the time, Twitter revealed something of a compromise: while it is keeping its 140-character limitation, it is tweaking which things count toward that character count. Assuming a new tip is correct, Twitter will be kicking off this change on September 19th.

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Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter is continuing its push to become a destination for all things streaming, announcing a partnership with Deezer today that will see the music streaming service added to the Twitter roster of Audio Cards. Deezer is joining other streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Rhapsody, and support for Deezer tunes in Audio Cards is rolling out today on iOS and Android.

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Twitter hackers manage to reactivate banned accounts

Twitter hackers manage to reactivate banned accounts

Twitter has been known to ban accounts for several reasons, such as if they're connected to known hacking groups or extremist organizations, and sometimes if the use is offensive/abusive. Once an account has been suspended, there's really not supposed to be anyway to reverse the ban unless the social network itself decides to. That's why is comes as a surprise that hackers have not only gained control of a handful of said accounts, but actually managed to reactivate them as well.

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Twitter may use better revenue sharing to attract content creators

Twitter may use better revenue sharing to attract content creators

It's no secret that the internet's largest social sites want content creators, and most of them are willing to try a variety of strategies to attract those creators - and their audiences - to their platform. While Facebook has taken to outright paying creators to stream content through Facebook Live video, it appears that Twitter has a more long-term solution: offer a better revenue sharing program than its competitors.

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Twitter may soon let users filter out offensive keywords

Twitter may soon let users filter out offensive keywords

According to new reports, Twitter may eventually grant its hundreds of millions of users a keyword filter, allowing them to automatically block keywords they find offensive. The social networking site is said to be working on such a feature, though no official announcement has been made. If these reports prove to be true, it'll be Twitter's latest attempt to combat the abuse that can, at times, run rampant on the site and drive users away.

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Twitter Night Mode activated on iOS and Android

Twitter Night Mode activated on iOS and Android

While Night Mode has been active on some Android devices for a while, it's now been brought to life on both iOS and all Android devices (or most) today. Users can try this Night Mode in Twitter on mobile devices starting this morning with a simple update to said apps via their app store. Once this update is active, Night Mode will allow the user to view Tweets in a sort of opposite-of-day color scheme - much better for the eyes.

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Twitter tackles extremism by purging 235,000 (more) accounts

Twitter tackles extremism by purging 235,000 (more) accounts

Twitter has been criticized over what many view as an inadequate level of effort to rid itself of extremist accounts. In light of those criticisms, Twitter has worked toward reversing the trend, and has regularly been purging accounts that promote or are otherwise related to extremism. Back in February of this year, for example, the company announced the suspension of more than 125,000 accounts. Today the company announced that it has upped itself, this time suspending a massive 235,000 accounts.

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Twitter’s NFL live streams may appear on Apple TV this autumn

Twitter’s NFL live streams may appear on Apple TV this autumn

We know that Twitter has been selected by the NFL to host a number of Thursday Night Football games once the season is in full swing, but those live streams might be available on more than just your computer or smartphone. As it turns out, Twitter is reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app to Apple TV in time for the football season to begin, potentially opening up the live stream to those who would prefer to watch the games on more conventional devices.

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Twitter adds night mode option to iOS app

Twitter adds night mode option to iOS app

If you're one of the many, many smartphone owners who uses their device in bed before falling asleep, especially for browsing Twitter, there's good news on the way. The social network seems to be catching on to the growing trend of "dark modes" available on various OSes and apps, and introduced a "night mode" option to its own mobile app last month, albeit only on Android. iOS users may soon get in on the eye-saving goodness, as dark mode has arrived on the latest beta version of Twitter for iPhone.

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No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

If you have a look at Twitter right now, you might notice a particularly strange trending hashtag. #SaveTwitter is currently at the top of the trending list, and clicking it displays a whole slew of people who think Twitter is going to be shutting down early next year. Such a notion, as you may have already guessed, is making these people freak out.

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