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Twitter to allow 4,000-character posts

by Jericho Zafra

NO more limited rants?

Twitter’s chief executive officer Elon Musk has confirmed that the microblogging platform will roll out its 4,000-tweet character limit. This is about 14 times higher than the current 280-character limit.

In a tweet, Musk replied “yes” to a user who asked if it is true that Elon is set to increase the current character count in writing tweets. 

The character limit on Twitter was first set at 140 before raising to 280 characters in 2017. 

This is not the first time that the billionaire has claimed that Twitter will raise the character count. Earlier in November, Musk said that the microblogging platform will soon add the ability to add long-form text to tweets, ending the “absurdity of notepad screenshots.”

Due to the limited character count, Twitter users have popularized the use of “threads” to tell a story in a series of tweets. 

But it seems the Twitter community is not pleased with the CEO’s move. One user replied to Elon saying imposing a 4,000-character limit “would be a big mistake.”

“Twitter’s purpose is to provide fast news. If this happens, a lot of real information is lost,” said Celal Karaman in a tweet.

There is no exact date as to when the feature will roll out to the microblogging site but it can be noted that Musk is adamant about the feature as one of his foremost priorities when he acquired the social media platform.

Since his total takeover of the platform, Musk has been continuously facing criticisms over his company protocols and Twitter policies including a paid verification plan which was swamped by a flock of fake and imposter accounts including religious figures Jesus and Satan. He also laid off almost half of his employees, especially those who did not sign up for “Twitter 2.0” which required employees to work longer hours than expected.


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