Twitter announced, Tuesday, testing edge-to-edge media in tweets on iOS, creating a more full-screen, almost Instagram-like experience for the photos and videos in your timeline.
In an email to The Verge, Twitter writes that it’s testing the change as it wants to better support conversations that are both visual and text-based.
Now testing on iOS:
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine. pic.twitter.com/luAHoPjjlY
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
This change, if it rolls out beyond a select group of iOS users, can help the platform address concerns over image cropping that it’s been dealing with over the last few years.
Twitter has previously confirmed that image cropping algorithms had been informally shown to have a bias toward white faces.
The app has attempted to address that problem by eliminating photo cropping, but this design test takes things a step further with an Instagram-style emphasis on visuals.
Naturally, some people have already taken issue with Twitter’s design. Searches for “New Twitter” bring up plenty of complaints, like that the new layout is headache-inducing and that edge-to-edge screenshots of tweets can confusingly look like an actual tweet.