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A claim circulated online that stated a new Twitter update will send users a notification when someone shares their tweets through a direct message.
It’s sort of like when you screengrab someone’s Snapchat and they get a notification – so it’s pretty intrusive and annoying, if you want to share a laugh with your friend.
A 22-year-old university graduate called Julian Epp shared a tweet of an alleged notification which showed one of Epps’ tweets was shared in a DM by an account called Horse Girls For Bernie 2020.
“Not sure people are going to like this new Twitter update,” Epps groused.
Not sure people are going to like this new Twitter update https://t.co/gQHjuROtI2 — Jules (@Jules)
? https://t.co/Pf43qJk0bE — Jules (@Jules)
The initial tweet was shared almost 4,000 times.
@Julian_Epp please say this isn't real please — eClaire (thinkeing about fiddler on the roof) (@eClaire (thinkeing about fiddler on the roof))
@Julian_Epp These social media apps always finding new ways to snitch on us — Beks LITR (@Beks LITR)
Before panic set in, Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour set the record straight.
Responding to the viral tweet, he wrote:
Just in case anybody is confused here: this is fake.
@Julian_Epp Just in case anybody is confused here: this is fake. https://t.co/4xOan6kHNX — Kayvon Beykpour (@Kayvon Beykpour)
@kayvz @Julian_Epp https://t.co/OKg0ofTOIQ — Aspérule (@Aspérule)
@themanburglar @Julian_Epp I wish it was real. I want to use it aggressively so people know I'm talking shit about them, that sounds fun — Jane (@Jane)
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