Twitter preps disappearing tweets, starts testing in Brazil

Twitter is starting to test tweets that disappear after 24 hours, although initially only in Brazil. (Source: CNN)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is starting to test tweets that disappear after 24 hours, although initially only in Brazil.

The company says the ephemeral tweets, which it calls “fleets” because of their fleeting nature, are designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets.

Fleets can’t be retweeted and they won’t have “likes.”

The new feature is reminiscent of Instagram and Facebook “stories” and Snapchat’s snaps, which let users post short-lived photos and messages.

Twitter says it may bring the feature to other countries depending on how the Brazil test goes.

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