It also shows whether the user tweeted from an Android or iPhone operating system, or a third-party provider. While TweetDeck has always displayed this information, it’s a return to form for mobile clients.
In 2012, Twitter removed information about the origin of the tweet—whether it came from an iPhone, and Android, or a third-party app—to streamline the user experience. At the time, Twitter was preparing for its IPO and so was trying to keep users from using third-party apps to tweet. Few of those apps remain.
twitter is really out here exposing who tweets from an iphone and who tweets from an android pic.twitter.com/QjQK1Osa5V— rena ⎊ (@frostyrem) December 24, 2018
twitter rlly be exposing the type of devices we're tweeting from like damn imagine tweeting and it says twitter for android lolz pic.twitter.com/twY6awKQ4p— if i back it up, is it fat enough?? (@sofuckia) December 23, 2018
But some are grateful for the intel.
FOR ANDROID estaba ACEPTABLE— fer dlg (@Ferdelagarzaa) December 24, 2018
U KNOW WHAT IS NOT ACEPTABLE …
Jesus uses an android pass it on pic.twitter.com/hTdWrRldTy— lydia (@lNFlNlTYSTONER) December 23, 2018
iPhone users are taking Twitter’s actions as yet another opportunity to dunk on Android users.
Twitter for iPhone / Twitter for Android pic.twitter.com/w70bapxhOV— Norm Kelly (@norm) December 23, 2018
Twitter and other social media companies have been under increased scrutiny in 2018 due to their role in spreading misinformation during the 2016 Presidential campaign. Twitter recently released its transparency report, which for the first time included information about spam, “malicious forms of automation,” and “accounts that had potential links to state-backed information operations,” or propaganda.