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Twitter Unveils Major Update to Highlight Breaking News, Live Events

The World Cup gets its own dedicated tab starting on Wednesday

Twitter unveiled several major changes on Wednesday, aiming to spotlight breaking news and make it easier for users to follow events they’ve shown interest in.

The app’s boldest product change in years will revamp its explore tab to show curated content for big events, organized by topics like news, sports, and entertainment. Twitter is also jettisoning its clunky list of trending topics in favor of a more personalized section that will connect users to tweets and videos. Users will also receive breaking news notifications from Twitter, based on subjects they’ve shown interest in.

“The goal is to make it easy to quickly find and follow the events and breaking news you care about on Twitter,” tweeted Sriram Krishnan, a member of Twitter’s consumer product team. “Especially if you already don’t have a well-curated timeline.”

The update is expected to roll out in to all iOS and Android users in the U.S. in the “coming months,” according to a blog post from Twitter. Twitter is also starting to switch over its Moments section from being horizontal-swipe to vertical-swipe for users.

One aspect of the app’s update will already be available on Wednesday, though: a dedicated World Cup tab that compiles scores, videos, and tweets for every game.

To the chagrin of typo-prone users, the update doesn’t include an edit button for tweets, despite Kim Kardashian West lobbying Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this past weekend.