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Twitter exploit let prankster duo post a 35,000-character tweet

Twitter has a character limit of 280 words.

  • Published: November 7, 2017 12:42 PM IST

As Twitter tests 280-character tweets — doubling the previous 140-character limit – two German users have successfully broke the existing character limit by sending a massive 35,000-character tweet. According to an Engadget report, the duo formatted a gibberish message as a URL and posted it on Twitter. Also Read - How to record Twitter Spaces audio on iOS, Android, web

User Timrasett worked with another user going by the name of HackneyYT to break Twitter’s character limit with a message: “People! @Timrasett and @HackneyYT can exceed the character limit! You do not believe us? Here’s about 35k characters proof.” Twitter temporarily banned the two users, though their accounts were back after some time. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the exploit has been fixed. Also Read - Twitter acquires Slack-like messaging platform called Quill to improve messaging tools

Currently, the 280-character tweet facility is available to a small group of its 328 million users but it would soon be rolled out globally, Twitter has said in a blog post. According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, this is a small change, but a big move for them. “The 140 limit was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!” Dorsey had tweeted. Also Read - Big threat for Google, Twitter, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn users

Last year, there were reports that the micro-blogging site may go for 10,000-character tweets. But Dorsey denied those reports, saying the 140-character limit is “a beautiful constraint” and that Twitter “will never lose that feeling”. The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has been and has become part of the product’s personality.

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  • Published Date: November 7, 2017 12:42 PM IST

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