Twitter will now display full images in your timeline

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Last September, a ton of users discovered that Twitter’s image cropping algorithm apparently had a white bias. In response, Twitter said it would give users control over how images appear on their feeds while the possible bias was under investigation – but never delivered… until now.

The company announced last night that if you post a single image to your feed, it will appear the same as it does in Composer. The platform is currently testing this functionality on its iOS and Android apps.

While Twitter’s announcement is welcome, it may not address prejudice in all situations. When pointing out the issue last year, users typically posted two images together to show that the algorithm has always chosen to focus on the white person in the image. So if you repeat the tweet below, you will probably get the same horrible results.

If you post a single image, you will probably be able to see the entire image in the preview.

Personally, I’m also excited about this new feature as I post a lot of memes on Twitter. And often, the app’s algorithm cuts off the part that is the punchline for that meme. So I have to readjust the dimensions of this image so that the meme is properly visible and I get that sweet internet validation from strangers that makes my life complete.

With this new feature, I wouldn’t have to worry about cropping for a single image. Well done, Twitter.

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Published March 11, 2021 – 09:42 UTC


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