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We explain—in 280 characters—why Chinese-speaking Twitter users only get 140

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More characters than ever.
  • Nikhil Sonnad
By Nikhil Sonnad

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You might be wondering why some Asian languages are still limited to 140 characters, while Twitter is expanding the upper limit to 280 for English and others. Here is our explainer, in 280 characters:

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