X Starts Removing Headlines From Posted Links

‘X,’ formerly known as Twitter, is undoubtedly the most popular social media platform, and the fact is at least once a month, over 300 million active users log in. Now, the company has decided to stop showing headlines on articles shared on the platform. It only shows a lead image of an article and a link to the story. 

Elon Musk, previously August, shared a post that he thought was the change that came from him “directly” and would greatly enhance the aesthetics of posts, and only an image of the article with an overlay of its URL shows up when it’s viewed on iOS

Now, finally, the linked articles appear, including an image and text in the left-side corner noting the domain of the link. If the users want to visit the full article, then they have to click on the image, which could lead to confusion. 

The reason behind this change is just to make posts look more compact by fitting more of them in the portion of the timeline that appears on the screen. Also, the reports indicate that Musk thinks that it could help lessen instances of clickbait, which places reliance on headlines with shock value, on the website. 

Meanwhile, Musk publicly claims that the primary driving force for the change in format is the website’s aesthetic; it’s no secret that he has been trying to encourage more people to post long-form pieces directly on X. Also, the website stretched Blue subscribers’ post limit to 25,000 characters under his leadership. 

Musk previously tweeted a post and mentioned “more freedom to write and a higher income” on the platform. Recently, he posted a new tweet, “Please encourage more citizen journalism! You can do live video easily from your phone.” 



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