Twitter has released a new feature around the world: tweets that disappear after 24 hours, similar to the Snapchat and Instagram story feature.
Earlier, Twitter announced its plan for these ephemeral tweets, called “fleets,” and tested the feature in Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea.
“Some of you tell us that tweeting is uncomfortable because it feels so public, so constant, and there seems to be so much pressure to build up retweets and likes,”
“As they disappear from view after a day, the fleets have made it more comfortable for people to share personal and casual thoughts, opinions and feelings.”
Some Twitter users experimenting with the tool said it had created alarming opportunities for online harassment, such as resolving unwanted instant messages. It also allows fleet authors to tag people who have blocked them. Twitter said it was listening to feedback and working on fixes for such safety concerns.
Fleets can include text, photos, and videos. They will be available at the top of users’ home terms on Twitter and in the sender’s profile.
Twitter and other social media companies are under pressure for better police abuse and viral misinformation. Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelly said fleets are subject to the same rules as tweets.
Kelly said that warnings or labels – which Twitter has begun to apply to content such as manipulated media and misinformation about civil proceedings or Covid-19 – could be applied to fleets.
Twitter has also confirmed that it is working on a live audio feature called Spaces, which it aims to test soon. The feature will allow users to speak in public group chats. It bears a resemblance to Clubhouse, a social platform that uses voice chat rooms.
“Given the full potential for abuse in audio spaces, we will provide it first to women and historically marginalized communities,” Kelly said.
Earlier this year, Twitter launched a feature for users to post tweets with recorded voice memos.