Twitter has launched a new feature called “fleets” around the world: tweets that disappear within 24 hours, similar to the features of Snapchat and Instagram stories.
Twitter has previously announced its plan for these transient tweets, under the name “fleet,” and has tested the feature in Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea.
“Some of you tell us that tweeting is uncomfortable, because it’s very public, because it’s very enduring, and because there’s a lot of pressure to get retweets and likes,” wrote Joshua Harris, Twitter’s design director, and Sam Haveson, product director. blog post.
“As they disappear from view after a day, fleets make people feel more comfortable sharing personal, casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.”
Some Twitter users who are experimenting with the tool have said it has created alarming opportunities for online harassment, such as allowing unwanted direct messages. It also allowed the tagging of people who were blocked by fleet authors. Twitter said it was listening to feedback and working on solutions to address security concerns.
Fleets can include text, photos, and videos. They will be available at the top of users ’home timelines on Twitter and the sender’s profile.
Twitter and other social media companies are under pressure to improve police abuse and viral misinformation. Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said the fleet has the same rules for tweets.
According to Kelley, the warnings or tags (which began to apply to Twitter-initiated content, such as manipulated media and civil lawsuits or misinformation about Covid-19) can be applied to fleets.
Twitter has confirmed that it is also working on a live audio feature, called Spaces, that it plans to test soon. The feature will allow users to talk in public group conversations. It has similarities to Clubhouse, a social platform that uses voice chat rooms.
“Considering all the opportunities for abuse in audio spaces, we will first make ourselves available to women and historically marginalized communities,” Kelley said.
Twitter launched it earlier this year to tweet voice notes recorded by users.