Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, tweeted on Monday that the platform will soon allow for “long-form tweets” of up to 10,000 characters. Musk said this in response to a query from a YouTube content creator who asked whether code blocks could be added to tweets. Musk asked for clarification on how code blocks would work and suggested that long-form tweets would be extended to 10,000 characters.
Previously, Twitter had announced that subscribers to its Blue service in the US could post long tweets of up to 4,000 characters, while non-subscribers could still read and interact with them. Musk has also indicated that Twitter is exploring a subscription service that would allow users to charge followers for specific content.
As an attachment? How many chars? We are extending longform tweets to 10k soon.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2023
Furthermore, as per a report by the BBC, the recent layoffs at Twitter by Musk have left the micro-blogging platform unable to protect users from trolling, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, and even child sexual exploitation.
The company’s content safety, moderation, and policy teams have been hit hard by the layoffs, which have reduced the workforce to less than 2,000 employees from over 7,500 a few months ago. As a result, tools to protect Twitter users from harassment and trolling are proving difficult to maintain, with hate thriving and a rise in child sexual exploitation.
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According to current and former employees, Musk’s restructuring has caused chaos and increased the risk of things going wrong, with new people without the required expertise taking over jobs that were previously done by more than 20 people. Additionally, harassment campaigns and foreign influence operations are going undetected, and disabled users are finding it increasingly difficult to use the platform.
Musk has recently completed his fourth round of layoffs at Twitter, affecting over 200 employees, including product managers, engineers, and data science teams.