Twitter CEO and owner Elon Musk says that the social network will soon stop showing which devices a tweet was sent from.
The move comes after years of brands and influencers tweeting about Android devices but accidentally sending the messages from iPhones.
Currently, all tweets have a source label that shows whether they were sent from Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for Android, or the web. Third-party Twitter clients are also listed, too. However, Musk says that the labels waste space and compute power, so they’re going away.
It isn’t yet clear when Musk intends for the source labels to be removed from Twitter but they are currently available for all to see. It’s a feature that few will be sorry to see the back of, especially those who fell foul of it in the past.
Actor Gal Gadot famously tweeted about the then-new Huawei Mate 10 Pro, sending the tweet from an iPhone. Such things will no longer be quite so embarrassing moving forward.
And we will finally stop adding what device a tweet was written on (waste of screen space & compute) below every tweet. Literally no one even knows why we did that …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2022
Musk also tweeted to say that he will be burning off “microservices,” calling them “bloatware.” He didn’t go into more details, but did add that “less than 20% are actually needed for Twitter to work.”
However, shortly after that tweet was sent Twitter’s two-factor authentication system stopped working. Whether the two things were connected, we don’t know.
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