Twitter launches subscription service

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 5 Jun 2021, 12:03PM
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Twitter launches subscription service

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 5 Jun 2021, 12:03PM

Twitter's subscription service has launched 

The $3 a month service is starting in Australia and Canada.  

It comes with an "undo Tweet" feature (which really just delays the posting of your Tweet for 30 seconds), a more robust bookmarking feature for saving tweets and a "reader mode" to make threads of Tweets easier to read. These features feel more like evolutions of the core product, rather than being unique enough to build a subscription business around. 

Apple's updating the AirTags to address privacy concerns 

The tech is great at finding your keys, but it also makes it very easy to track a person without them knowing. At launch, the trackers would only make a sound if they were away from their owner for three days - which Apple has now recognized was too long. It'll now be between 8 & 12 hours. 

They're also working on an Android app to allow people to detect when an AirTag is traveling with them - something that's currently only available on iPhone. 

Facebook's u-turn on political speech 

Facebook is now going to treat world leaders the same way it treats regular citizens when it comes to their posts. They had previously operated under the assumption that their posts were newsworthy and part of the public debate, but that won't be the default. They still have the ability to use the newsworthiness carve out, but when they do, those posts will be clearly labelled.  

This is really in regards to the incitement or glorification of violence, because they won't be changing their policy when it comes to misinformation.

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