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Media: Twitter set to remove 140 character tweets limit

By Martin Landi

Published 13/06/2015

Twitter is to remove the 140-character limit on the private direct messages sent between users, the social network has confirmed
Twitter is to remove the 140-character limit on the private direct messages sent between users, the social network has confirmed

Twitter is to remove the 140-character limit on the private direct messages sent between users, the social network has confirmed.

Beginning in July, the character limit will be lifted on messages that Twitter users send to each other, but it will not be removing the lock on public tweets posted to the site.

The move is believed to be an attempt to draw more users to the micro-blogging site.

The news comes shortly after chief executive Dick Costolo announced he was stepping down, reportedly after investors became frustrated at the lack of user growth on the site.

Twitter has around 300 million active users, while rival Facebook has over 1.3 billion.

In a post on Twitter's developer forum, the firm's Sachin Agarwal said: "We've done a lot to improve direct messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon.

"One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!) is the removal of the 140 character limit in direct messages."

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