Twitter’s Photo Filter Tweaks Make It More Like Instagram

Twitter’s Photo Filter Tweaks Make It More Like Instagram
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Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has updated its photo editing feature, which now looks more like Instagram, according to Mashable. The micro-blogging site improved its iOS and Android app with new adjustable photo filters to give users more control over image filtering.

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Twitter designs Instagram-like filters

Users can activate the filters after adding a photo to a tweet. After selecting the photo, they will see an in-app photo editing menu. Previously, photo previews of every filter were displayed in a large grid. The new filter from Twitter will be in the form of thumbnails sitting at the bottom portion of the menu, giving a sharper look to images.

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“We’re rolling out new filters to spice up your photos. Download the latest Twitter for iPhone or Android to enjoy,” Twitter said in a tweet.

Also users will be able to adjust all the filters from the slider by adjusting the strength of the filter. Filters are set to full strength by default and can be adjusted by a user according to his / her liking. Instagram came up with a similar feature in June and added stronger photo editing tools to its app.

Twitter has tweaked the filters themselves as well and given new names to them. A user still gets eight options to choose from. For instance, the black and white filter has been renamed “Stark,” while the 1963 and 1972 filters have been changed to “Fame” and “Radiant.” Twitter launched photo filters for the first time in 2012 after Instagram withdrew its support for Twitter cards, which allowed Instagram posts to be integrated with users’ Twitter Timelines.

New tool to flag abusive content

In separate news, Twitter launched a mobile-friendly tool that enables users to flag insulting content in fewer steps compared to the previous process. The company expects the new tool to help in narrowing the process of flagging and removing offensive content and users.

At present, users have to visit a page to report an abusive incident by detailing the alleged harassment. With the new feature, it will be easier for users to flag abusive content by sharing only limited information. With the new feature, even users who themselves are not facing any abuse but notice any such incident on the platform can also report it.

According to Twitter, the new feature has been embedded into the accounts of a small group of users and will be available across the platform in the coming weeks.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at
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