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Twitter character limit staying put says Dorsey

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Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, says the social media platform will keep the 140-character limit in place. That limitation has been one of the hallmarks of the service, although the company did some experiments with raising it possibly as high as 10,000-characters to match the direct messaging changes it rolled out. However, during a TODAY show interview, Dorsey says of the limitation, “It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us, and it allows for of the moment.”


During the main interview, Dorsey addressed claims that Twitter may censor user content. Dorsey told Matt Lauer that Twitter “absolutely” does not censor content as the company marks its 10th anniversary. However, Dorsey did note that tweets promoting violence are considered a violation of the company’s terms of service that could trigger some type of action. Dorsey also claimed that, despite “some nastiness” from Internet trolls, he has never blocked anyone on his own account.

In the follow-up Orange Room interview, Dorsey also discussed what he believes to be some of the strengths of Twitter. These include the ability of a celebrity like Kim Kardashian West, with 42 million followers, or Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, to use the platform to interact directly with their followers. Dorsey says Twitter functions “as a microphone” when used to its fullest potential. He also indicated that despite some financial and personnel turmoil in recent history for Twitter, he expects it to be around for another twenty years at minimum as it has become a “fundamental service” around the world.

source: TODAY


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