Yesterday, after months of testing in various locations, Twitter rolled out its newest functionality to the general public. Welcome to Fleets, the app's version of Instagram Stories. Now users are able to share thoughts, photos, and videos (or reshare Tweets) in a space that will be wiped after 24 hours. To be fair though, they aren't the only ones who have done a version of Stories as Facebook hopped on that train long ago. Still, it was important for us to know the details.
Though Gay Twitter has been roasting the name for some time, our feeds have been flooded with Fleets to be honest. We debuted the latest covers of our Out100 issue using the functionality, and will likely continue to use it in some capacity. But as we've noted before, Twitter has posed as an anomaly in major social media platforms in that it famously allows more types of content than most. As we've seen site after site narrow what is acceptable, Twitter (for better or worse) has resisted that. This has happened particularly around adult content.
At the end of 2019, there was a scare set off by a news post that 2020 would bring a crackdown on these types of posts. We pointed out then that the report was overblown, which it turned out to be. As such, it as important to see how Fleets would approach so-called "sensitve media."
"We are always listening to feedback and working to improve Twitter to make sure it's safe for people to contribute to the public conversation," a Twitter spokesperson tells Out. "Keeping people safe on Twitter is our top priority."
According to Twitter, the new Fleets will be treated like tweets. This means that sensitive media, which includes "graphic violence and adult content," is allowed for the most part. "Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault" is not permitted according to the policy. This also means that like tweets, Fleets can be labeled or contain warnings for various reasons like misinformation.
This essentially means that those who are living on "alt twitter" can feel free to share all the content they would in a regular tweet in their new Fleets. Or, you can even bring it to main if you want to give followers a 24-hour saucy preview. It is important to note here that sensitive media is not allowed in profile photos, header images, nor is it allowed in live broadcasts. Sharing it there could result in your account being permanently suspended, which has happened to a number of adult performers including Drew Dixon, sometimes for simply having their pubic hair visible.