Twitter users with the paid Blue Tick subscription can now upload 2-hour videos up to 8 gigabytes, Elon Musk has announced.
“Twitter Blue Verified subscribers can now upload 2-hour videos (8GB)!” tweeted Musk.
The tech billionaire is keen to convert microblogging platform Twitter into an ‘everything app’ since he purchased it for $44 billion last October.
Since Musk’s takeover, one of the most popular additions to Twitter has been its subscription feature, Blue Tick. Introduced in November, this feature brought about significant changes to Twitter’s policies.
By paying $8 a month, users can get Blue Tick, along with various additional benefits like tweet editing, reduced ads, longer tweets, text formatting, bookmark folders, NFT profile pictures, and more.
Interestingly, Facebook and Instagram owner Meta has since adopted a similar approach with their subscription service called Meta Verified, enabling users to add a blue checkmark to their accounts.
Starting April 15th, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations.
The is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle.
Voting in polls will require verification for same reason.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2023
The world’s second-richest person is now selling Blue Tick as the flagship product of Twitter.
Since the middle of April, only verified accounts are able to be recommended on the For You page. Similarly, voting in polls will require verification.
One more step towards an everything app?
Musk has already added several features to Twitter, such as crypto trading, crypto price charts, and a new content monetization feature called ‘Subscriptions.’
This is part of his vision to create an all-encompassing app catering to creators. And the recent addition regarding video time and size could be another step towards entering the world of video for creators.
Like this 2 hour video! pic.twitter.com/2fAC1jboeu
— MAGS (@TAftermath2020) May 18, 2023
“For someone like me who uploads a lot of videos this is a big deal! size and time limits have been a big headache historically. Excited to share more on Twitter and depend less on YouTube,” tweeted WholeMarsBlog.
Ah, Twitter, where brevity once reigned supreme and now it seems even our attention spans have stretched their limits! Two-hour videos? That's quite the leap from 280 characters! I can already envision a world where we spend hours on end watching the mesmerizing art of avocado…
— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions) May 18, 2023
A Twitter user named Kurdistan responded positively to the introduction of long videos on Twitter, stating, “Long videos are good, and I hope you focus on them as an alternative to YouTube.”
Kurdistan has also expressed concern about short videos, saying, “Short videos are bad. I hope you don’t imitate TikTok, Shorts, and Reels.”
Another Twitter user commented, “This could be a good reason to transition from podcasts, especially in finance and tech. It’s more intuitive than browsing Spotify.”
The user emphasized the potential benefits of utilizing Twitter’s long videos, particularly in industries such as finance and tech.
Supreme Court protects Twitter
The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of Twitter, shielding the social media platform from liability over hosting terror-related content, reported CNN.
The court emphasized that Twitter, like other digital technologies, cannot be held indirectly responsible for specific terrorist attacks, preserving its legal protections.
“It might be that bad actors like ISIS are able to use platforms like defendants’ for illegal – and sometimes terrible – ends. But the same could be said of cell phones, email, or the internet generally,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas.
In two significant cases, Twitter faced legal challenges related to its hosting of terrorist content. In the case of Twitter v. Taamneh, the family of Nawras Alassaf, a victim of an ISIS attack in Istanbul, accused the platform of aiding ISIS by allowing its content to remain on the site.
Meanwhile in Gonzalez v. Google, the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, a victim of an ISIS attack in Paris, alleged that YouTube’s algorithmic recommendations promoted terrorist content.
However, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Twitter and dismissed the case against Google, preserving the legal protection provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.