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Twitter’s Testing Tweet Scheduling Built Into the Tweet Composer

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Hey, are you sick of scheduling your tweets through third-party management tools, and/or via TweetDeck?

Well, you’re in luck – this week, Twitter has officially confirmed that it’s testing a new option to schedule tweets within the tweet composer window in-app.

As you can see here, the new option – which will be made available to some users – would enable you to compose, then schedule your tweets to post at a chosen time, without ever leaving the composer window.

Here’s a look at the process in more detail – once you’ve composed your tweet, you’d tap on the three dots menu to the right of the lower functions listing.

Native tweet scheduling

Select ‘Schedule Tweet’ and you would then be able to input the date and time that you want it to go live, while you can also change the time zone settings to ensure that it’s posted at the intended spot.

Native tweet scheduling

It’s an interesting addition to the Twitter app, but it’s not a new function by any stretch. As noted by Twitter, you can already schedule your tweets via various apps, and most social media managers would have an established workflow for such purpose. In this respect, adding it into the main Twitter app probably won’t be a significant addition – but then again, it does add extra functionality, which could be particularly beneficial when you’re trying to manage your tweets on the go.

It could also come in handy for quick response – and if it were to be combined with another current Twitter test, which would enable users to switch accounts within the composer, that could make it a handy, rapid response tool to have in your arsenal as required.

The new scheduling option was first spotted in testing by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong back in August, so it’s not a huge surprise to see Twitter officially confirm the option. But it will be interesting to see if and how people use it – as noted, Twitter is testing the functionality with a small group of users, but could look to expand it in the new year.

Socialmediatoday.com

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TikTok hit by US lawsuits over child safety, security fears

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A man poses at the TikTok booth at the international media centre during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 18, 2022

A man poses at the TikTok booth at the international media centre during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 18, 2022 – Copyright GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File Theo Wargo, JOEL SAGET

TikTok was hit Wednesday with a pair of lawsuits from the US state of Indiana, which accused it of making false claims about the Chinese-owned app’s safety for children.

The legal salvo came as problems are mounting for TikTok in the United States, with multiple accusations that the extremely popular app is a national security threat and a conduit for spying by China.

“The TikTok app is a malicious and menacing threat unleashed on unsuspecting Indiana consumers by a Chinese company that knows full well the harms it inflicts on users,” said Attorney General Todd Rokita in a statement.

The lawsuit said TikTok algorithms served up “abundant content depicting alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; sexual content, nudity, and suggestive themes” to users as young as 13.

The state also sued TikTok for allegedly deceiving customers into believing that “reams of highly sensitive data and personal information” were protected from the Chinese government.

In a statement, a TikTok spokesperson did not comment specifically on the case but said “the safety, privacy and security of our community is our top priority.”

“We build youth well-being into our policies, limit features by age, empower parents with tools and resources, and continue to invest in new ways to enjoy content based on age-appropriateness or family comfort,” the company said.

TikTok is facing a growing front of opposition in the United States, with several states and the US military banning its use on government devices.

Texas on Wednesday became the latest state to do so, calling for “aggressive action” against TikTok.

The highly popular app is often singled out for its alleged connections to the Beijing government with fears that China is able to use TikTok’s data to track and coerce users around the world.

TikTok is currently in negotiations with the US government to resolve national security concerns, hoping to maintain operations in one of its biggest markets.

TikTok said it was “confident that we’re on a path…to fully satisfy all reasonable US national security concerns.”

The spectacular success of TikTok has seen rival sites such as Meta-owned Instagram or Snapchat struggle to keep up, with once soaring ad revenues taking a hit.

But Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers last month that he is “extremely concerned” about security risks linked to TikTok.

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