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Twitter set to do a TikTok, bring vertical video feed

The microblogging platform Twitter is eyeing to get the TikTok-like vertical video feed.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 22:31 IST
Twitter's TikTok-like vertical feature will be available for both Android and iOs users who use the app in the English language. (AP)

The microblogging platform Twitter is eyeing to get the TikTok-like vertical video feed. As per Mashable, Twitter is seen testing out various new features like edge-to-edge Twitter feed and emoji reactions to improve the user's experience. Twitter is looking to bring out this cool feature to scroll through the personalised videos and recent trends.

The social network company revealed via its Support Twitter that it's testing on the TikTok-inspired vertical video feed for its Explore section. This feature will be available for both Android and iOs users who use the app in the English language. This new feature completely changes the Explore section and provides a vertically-scrollable feed with the 'Trending' and 'For You' sections for users.

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"We're testing out a revamped, more personalised Explore page to make it easier for you to unwind, find new interests, and see what's happening," Twitter shared in a statement.

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However, there's still no confirmation regarding when the feature is going to launch. Many popular apps like Instagram, Spotify, Snapchat, and Netflix have already been inspired by this TikTok feature and it worked wonders for them.

The new Explore tab provides an easy way to use explore and discover various videos and topics on the app.

This isn't the first time, where Twitter copied a feature as the new Spaces feature is a rip-off from the Clubhouse app.

Nevertheless, it needs to be seen how well Twitter optimises this feature for the users.

Facebook uncovers fake Chinese experts targeting English-speaking audiences in US, UK

(ANI) Meta, which owns Facebook, has deactivated over 500 accounts tied to a Chinese-based internet misinformation network. The accounts pushed the allegations of a fictitious Swiss scientist named "Wilson Edwards," who claimed the US was interfering with the search for Covid-19's origins, a media report said.

Chinese official media channels prominently covered Edwards' remarks. However, the Swiss embassy stated that this individual was very unlikely to exist, reported The Singapore Post.

The Meta's analysis has found that the social media efforts were aimed at English-speaking audiences in the US and the UK, as well as Chinese-speaking audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet, was "mostly ineffective", said the Singapore-based publication.

Posing as a Swiss biologist called Wilson Edwards, a Facebook and Twitter account, in July stated that Washington was placing pressure on WHO researchers studying the roots of COVID-19 in an attempt to pin the virus on China.

China's state media including CGTN, Shanghai Daily, and Global Times have mentioned the so-called scientist based on his Facebook page.

In August, the Swiss Embassy had urged Chinese news organisations to remove any reference of Wilson Edwards, stating that "there was no record of a Swiss citizen with the name Wilson Edwards and no scholarly works under that name".

Facebook analysed the public allegations about the bogus Swiss scientist and stated that it has deactivated 524 Facebook profiles, 20 pages, four groups, and 86 Instagram accounts.

The persona's original post was shared and liked by phoney Facebook accounts before being forwarded by genuine users, the majority of whom were workers of Chinese state infrastructure businesses in over 20 countries, The Singapore Post quoted Meta as saying.

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First Published Date: 13 Dec, 23:22 IST