World briefs :Twitter eases 140-character limit

Twitter eases 140-character limit

WASHINGTON • Twitter is easing its 140-character limit on tweets in the latest effort to broaden the appeal and boost the user base of the social network.

The new policy no longer factors in certain add-ons, with media attachments such as photos and tweets that are quoted in a retweet exempt from the character limit.

Twitter's efforts to increase engagement, in competition with Snapchat, Instagram and messaging apps, also include new features such as live sports video clips.


Jordanians head to polls for historic vote

AMMAN • Jordanians headed to the polls yesterday to elect 130 lawmakers in a vote that could see opposition Islamists re-emerge as a major parliamentary force.

Experts expect the Islamic Action Front - the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood - to win around 20 seats, which would make it the largest opposition force.

The Islamists boycotted polls in 2010 and 2013 in protest at the electoral system and allegations of fraud.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2016, with the headline 'World briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe