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Elon Musk plans to end ‘Twitter for iPhone’ and Android labels


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Prepare to say goodbye to device labels on Twitter.
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Over the years, numerous celebrities have been caught promoting flagship Android phones on Twitter while tweeting from their iPhones. This could soon become a thing of the past, due to a change proposed by Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

The new Twitter owner plans to remove the “Twitter for iPhone” or “Twitter for Android” label below each tweet.

Twitter device labels could soon be a thing of the past

Musk says that the label is a “waste of screen space & compute” and that “literally no one even knows” why Twitter added it in the first place. Without the label, you can’t determine the device type from which the tweet originated. The world’s richest man plans to make these changes and turn off “‘microservices’ bloatware” to improve Twitter’s loading time.

Twitter removed the device label from its platform in 2012 but reintroduced it again in 2018. And it made an immediate impact. In the same year, Wonder Woman Gal Gadot was caught using an iPhone to tweet a paid advertisement for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Embarrassingly, she was Huawei’s brand ambassador at the time.

In another instance, Oprah Winfrey praised Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets while tweeting from her iPhone. Samsung has also been caught promoting its Galaxy devices using an iPhone on Twitter.

However, Apple also found itself at the other end of the stick. In a slip-up in December 2018, Apple Music’s official account replied to a tweet from Ariana Grande using an Android device.

Musk proposes several changes to Twitter

At this point, it remains unclear when Musk plans to remove the device labels from the social media platform. Since acquiring Twitter, Musk has proposed several changes to the platform, including providing a verification badge to $8 Twitter Blue subscribers. The poorly thought-out move led Twitter to pause Blue subscription for the time being.


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