May 20, 2024

Elon Musk-owned X, previously Twitter, is shutting down its Circle function — bringing an finish to its glitchy historical past — which allowed customers to share a publish solely with a set of individuals. It was the social community’s tackle Instagram’s “Shut Pals” function.

The corporate mentioned the function will go away on October 31, and customers gained’t be capable of add individuals to their circle.

“X is deprecating Circles as of Oct thirty first, 2023. After this date, you will be unable to create new posts which are restricted to your Circle, nor will you be capable of add individuals to your Circle. You’ll, nevertheless, be capable of take away individuals out of your Circle, by unfollowing them as described under,” X mentioned on its support page.

The corporate will nonetheless let individuals take a look at their historic Circle posts after the deadline date.

Twitter first launched the Circle function in August 2022, after testing it in beta for a couple of months. The corporate let individuals add 150 individuals to their Circle. Customers have been allowed to create just one Circle.

Earlier this yr, customers began noticing that their Circle posts weren’t labeled with a inexperienced flag, inflicting them to imagine that the publish went out to all of their followers. Whereas this was only a scare, in April, customers reported that a few of their Circle posts began showing on different individuals’s For You algorithmic timelines. In Could, the corporate confirmed this bug as a “safety incident” which may have allowed “customers outdoors of your Twitter Circle” to take a look at Circle posts.

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