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.
Ongoing testing on Android and iOS: When you tweet a single image, the appearance of the image in the Tweet editor matches how it looks on the timeline –– bigger and better. pic.twitter.com/izI5S9VRdX
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) March 10, 2021
Trying a horrible experience …
What will be the choice of the Twitter algorithm: Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama? pic.twitter.com/bR1GRyCkia
– Tony “Abolish ICE” Archers 🦀 (@bascule) September 19, 2020
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