Twitter has removed custom wallpapers and colours on users' timeline, presenting a blank white background that has provoked anger from its users.
Users previously had the option to choose an image or wallpaper to customise the background of their Twitter newsfeed, but the social network has removed the option to do so.
It could be speculated that this may be a move to free up the background space for advertising, and create opportunities to enter into sponsored wallpaper deals with companies looking to hawk their products and services to Twitter's 302 million user base.
In a statement sent to V3 the social network said: "We're removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users. Now, background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly (tweet pages, list pages and collections pages)."
The decision has not been taken lightly by Twitter users, who took to the social network to air their views.
Hey, Twitter. The #blindingwhite background is clean, boring, and not what I chose. Aside from that, it's brilliant.— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) July 21, 2015
I'm joining the bandwagon. I can't stand it either. Bring back my PINK! #blindingwhite— Allison Banks (@alliesuz) July 22, 2015
This #blindingwhite freakin background just makes it look like my twitter hasn't finished loading— Fawn Mead (@xFAWNx) July 21, 2015
In more positive news Twitter has announced new measures to purge abusive users from its site with the announcement of a Safety Centre that enables users to learn about online safety.
Patricia Cartes, head of global trust and safety outreach for public policy at Twitter, revealed in a Twitter blog post that the company wants to educate users to adopt and promote good behaviour on its platform.
"The Safety Centre is a resource for anyone to learn about online safety, on Twitter and beyond. This resource is a result of our work with online safety experts who continuously help us to promote good digital citizenship," she said.
"We're excited to make this knowledge easily accessible to you via this new site. The Safety Centre is organised around Twitter's tools and policies to address your safety, with sections created especially for teens, parents and educators."
Cartes explained that the Safety Centre will enable users to better understand how the Twitter community and the company can take joint action to tackle trolls and abusive users when the social network's policies are violated.
She said that Twitter believes the way to take on trolls is to work with users rather than either party trying to take on harassment and unacceptable content alone.
"Your online safety is a shared responsibility, and digital citizenship is essential to fostering a safe environment for all," she said. "As Twitter evolves along with the world of online safety, we will continue to create new materials for the Safety Centre."
Cartes added that this ambition to build out the Safety Centre will see its content translated into languages used widely across Twitter.
The move builds on the blocking features introduced to the Twitter mobile app in December, detailed by the animated tweet below from the Twitter Support account.
Starting today we're rolling out an improved way to flag abusive Tweets. See how it works. https://t.co/Yf6cStz0z1— Twitter Support (@Support) December 2, 2014
Twitter appears to be taking a strong stance on abusive behaviour and harassment on it social network, having recently added the ability for people to share lists of blocked users so that social media trolls can be tackled.
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