Twitter is testing a new feature that highlights breaking news with a timeline on top of news feed

People come on Twitter to see and talk about what's happening around and the company is working on ways to make it easier for everyone to find relevant news.


Online social media platform Twitter is testing a a feature that brings a timeline on the top of the users feed to highlight the breaking news events. The feature tested with Android and iOS users in US bundles tweets curated by humans but is expected to be 'strictly' algorithmically curated in the future.

 Twitter is testing a new feature that highlights breaking news with a timeline on top of news feed

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According to a report on BuzzFeed News, Twitter test highlighted curated timeline on 14 March that displayed events such as the congressional special election in Pennsylvania, the death of Stephen Hawking, and a lawsuit filed by the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich against Fox News.

Twitter product VP Keith Coleman in a statement about the report says that people come on Twitter to see and talk about what's happening around and the company is working on ways to make it easier for everyone to find relevant news, surrounding conversation to keep them informed about what matters to them.

He added that the feature could also bring multiple timelines for the same news, one with the latest tweets whereas the other with recaps tweets.

Twitter Timeline feature. BuzzFeed News

Twitter Timeline feature. Image: BuzzFeed News

The new feature according to the report is an extension of the "Happening Now" feature that highlighted the users to check current sports tweets.

The new feature will bring highlights during big breaking news events and following it will lead to a timeline with algorithmically curated tweets related to the event.


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