Twitter’s Fleets Expansion Marred by Performance, Privacy Issues
The Twitter Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S. (Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg)

Twitter’s Fleets Expansion Marred by Performance, Privacy Issues


Twitter Inc. is slowing the rollout of Fleets, its Snapchat-like tool for posting disappearing stories, because of “performance and stability problems” that were hurting functionality.

The San Francisco-based company announced Tuesday that it was expanding Fleets globally on its social network, but on Wednesday said that users who don’t have the feature may not get it for a “few more days.”

“We love that so many people are using Fleets and want to ensure we’re providing the best experience for everyone,” the company tweeted from a support account.

Twitter has tested the new product, which lets people share photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, in a number of countries since March. But Fleets also has privacy flaws. The feature allows people to tag others on the service who have previously blocked them, which a Twitter spokeswoman said the company is working to fix.

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