Twitter now shows whether you tweeted from an iPhone or an Android, and users have feelings about it
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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— merry rena (@grandetheftautm) 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— sofría (they/them) (@sofiaisdone) December 23, 2018
But some are grateful for the intel.
she WOULD have an android pic.twitter.com/zuI7nvnqr8— Ⓜ️ (@michelleanola) December 23, 2018
FOR ANDROID estaba ACEPTABLE— fer de la gay (@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.
me: h–— lily #SUNRISE (@functionbts) December 24, 2018
someone on the tl thinking they snapped: okay twitter for android pic.twitter.com/SdG4pGU9CL
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.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.