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Twitter is about to make some obvious but much-needed improvements to its direct-messages feature. On Friday night, Twitter announced that it plans to update its iPhone and Android apps, so users can view their entire direct-message history on mobile. Twitter also said it’s planning to streamline the process of deleting direct messages on mobile and the web, so there’s less confusion. The social network has been tinkering with the way its private-message feature works in recent months, amid a surge in interest in mobile messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Line. Twitter introduced pop-up notifications on the web in April, which made direct messages more prominent. The company briefly tested the option to let users receive direct messages from anyone, not just those they follow. And there’s speculation Twitter may be interested in offering a group-message option at some point.

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