World Briefs: Twitter to 'stretch' 140-character limit

Twitter to 'stretch' 140-character limit

NEW YORK • Twitter is poised to make a major shift in how it counts characters in tweets, thus giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.

The social media platform will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, said a person familiar with the matter.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person, who asked not to be named because the decision has not yet been made public.


WWF calls for fishing ban in Gulf of California

MEXICO CITY • The World Wildlife Fund urged the Mexican authorities to ban all fishing in the upper Gulf of California to save the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, from extinction.

The environmentalist group made the plea on Monday, three days after an international team of scientists said that only 60 of the animals were left and that they could vanish by 2022.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe