Twitter launches disappearing ‘fleets’ worldwide

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Twitter has launched tweets that disappear after 24 hours, like the stories attribute that is a favourite on Snapchat and photo-sharing app Instagram.

Twitter has previously announced its plan for all these ephemeral tweets, dubbed “fleets”, and analysed the characteristic from Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea.

“Some of you tell us that Tweeting is uncomfortable because it feels so public, so permanent, and like there’s so much pressure to rack up Retweets and Likes,” design director Joshua Harris and product manager Sam Haveson stated in a blog post.

Fleets, which include text, photos and videos, will be available at the top of users’ home timelines on Twitter and on the sender’s profile.

Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said fleets are subject to the same rules as tweets.

Kelley also said that warnings or labels, which Twitter has started applying to content such as manipulated media and misinformation about civic processes or COVID-19, could be applied to fleets.

Twitter also confirmed it was working on a live audio feature, dubbed ‘Spaces,’ that it aims to test later this year. The feature will allow users to talk in public, group conversations. It has similarities with Clubhouse, a social platform in which users are invited to talk in voice chat rooms.

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“Given all of the potential for abuse within sound spaces, we are likely to be making it accessible first to girls and marginalized communities,” said Twitter’s Kelley.

The company earlier this year launched a feature for users to tweet recorded voice notes.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Twitter launches disappearing ‘fleets’ worldwide‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Edmund Blair and Dan Grebler.

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