Twitter have announced they will be adding stories, much like those on Facebook and Instagram, to their platform. Users on the popular social media platform are not happy.
Called “Fleets”, these stories work like tweets, in that they can be a mix of text, video and GIFs but they can’t receive replies, retweets, or likes and disappear after 24 hours.
“Twitter is the place where you talk about topics that interest you. But some people say they feel insecure to Tweet because Tweets are public, permanent and exhibit public engagement counts (likes and Retweets),” said Twitter product manager Mo Al Adham in a translated blog post. “We want to make it possible for you to have conversations on the platform in new ways, with less pressure and more control.”
Although they are only being tested in Brazil currently, reaction to the announcement has been overwhelmingly negative.
Much of the outrage is targeted at Twitter not listening to their users. Many don’t understand why Twitter is introducing this feature that was not asked for when many have been pleading for an edit button.
The anger has reached the point where #RIPTwitter is trending in South Africa.
— #PartyWithpH Faki’volume boi (@iam_ph) March 5, 2020
Us: Can we have an edit button?
Twitter: Nah, but here’s stories
— Mr.Nek #IndiaRejectsCAA (@rahmannek) March 5, 2020
— Missy Faiz (@FaizMissy) March 5, 2020
— How are you🙂 (@Kya_Hal_Hai_) March 5, 2020