Twitter doubles tweet limit to 280 characters, sparking controversy

9 November 2017

Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling tweeted: “Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole point, for me, was how inventive people could be within that concise framework.”

Rowling’s tweet has received 19 thousand retweets and 99 thousand likes. (as of the writing this article)

Science-fiction writer Stephen King tweeted: “280 characters? F*** that” attracting 124 thousand retweets and 422 thousand likes.

Many twitter users have anticipated that US President Donald Trump will be exploiting the character increase to make his tweets increasingly contentious.

This will also have an impact on live tweeting in UK courts.

The 140-character limit has contained what can be published at any given time.

The two-fold character increase will lead to longer tweets and could pose a risk in UK court rooms as more prejudicial detail can be included.

However, anyone using an electronic text device only does so at the discretion of the judge and is bound by The Contempt of Court Act 1981.

Written by Tolani Idris

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