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Twitter Crop is Gone, Mobile Users Now See the Full Picture

See the image the way it was posted.
by Pia Regalado
May 6, 2021
Photo/s: Unsplash

Twitter on Thursday stopped cropping photo posts on its mobile apps, addressing a long-standing complaint from users who go through the tedious process of clicking on a picture on their timeline before seeing it in full.

Now, Twitter users see the photo on their timeline in its original aspect ratio. Only very wide and very tall photos will be center-cropped, the microblogging platform said.

"I’m excited to share that we’re rolling this out to everyone today on iOS and Android. You’ll now be able to view single, standard aspect ratio images uncropped in your timeline. Tweet authors will be able to also see their image as it will appear, before they Tweet it," said Twitter Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis.

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Twitter first addressed criticisms on its photo cropping method in October 2020, after its machine-learning algorithm was accused of racial bias. An experiment showed Twitter's smart cropping highlighted the face of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is white, over that of former President Barack Obama, who is black. Twitter Comms replied replied to the critique, saying "we've got more analysis to do."

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Netizens welcomed the news with 112,000 tweets and counting, with "TWITTER CROP IS GONE" being the fourth most popular topic on Thursday.

Here are some of the viral tweets testing the new feature (but it does not work on desktop yet):

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