Twitter CEO Elon Musk plans to remove a Twitter feature that provides details about the device the tweet was sent from, and information that has made Android promoters in hot water multiple times over the past several years.
Musk said in a tweet this morning that Twitter will remove the line that says “Twitter for iPhone” or “Twitter for Android” because that’s a “waste of screen space.” He said that “no one even knows” why the feature was introduced in the first place.
Device details have been used several times to catch employees promoting Android smartphones from their iPhones. In 2019, for example, a Huawei employee wished Huawei followers a Happy New Year, but he used an iPhone to do just that. A screenshot of the tweet went viral, and the employees involved were demoted for “harming the Huawei brand”.
Samsung employees tweeted Samsung promotions for iPhones many times Over the years, celebrities have had trouble, too. Actress Gal Gadot, for example, sang the praises of her new Huawei Mate 10 Pro while doing it Tweet from your iPhone.
It is not clear when the device labels will be removed, but as of now, the feature is still in place. Musk also said that he has instructed Twitter employees to turn off unspecified “microservices” bloatware, as “less than 20% is required for Twitter to function.”
We’ll finally stop adding the device a Tweet was written on (wasting screen space and account) below each Tweet. Literally no one knows why we’re doing this… – Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2022
Musk last week implemented his new $8 Twitter Blue subscription service, which provides a verification badge previously limited to verified individuals. This resulted in instant chaos as a number of people paid $8 to impersonate companies and celebrity accounts. For example, insulin maker Eli Lilly saw its stock drop more than 4 percent after a verified account impersonated the company and declared insulin free. Another person impersonated LeBron James and announced he was asking for a deal, while another account impersonated Nintendo and tweeted a picture of Mario making a rude gesture.
Twitter has ended Twitter Blue verification paused, and people will not be able to purchase Twitter Blue subscriptions at this time. Twitter is considering another “official” verification badge, and it is not yet known how the company will solve the problem.