Recently, many Twitter users logged into their accounts to discover that their background images have been changed to a default light setting.
In a statement to SocialTimes, a Twitter spokesperson explained the reason behind this switch. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature:
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). You can find help center content about customizing your design and where it’s visible on Twitter here.
The option to change your background is still in the settings menu, but the background defaults back to the light color when the site is refreshed.
The reaction hasn’t been positive, and some people suspect that Twitter may be prepping other areas of the site for advertising. We’ve followed up with Twitter about this topic and will update the story if and when we hear more.
Ugh…. what is this crap. @Twitter took away my background and gave me this bland blinding white crap. I’m so upset right now…
— Brian (@Lafond66) July 21, 2015
Hey, Twitter, love ya, but the BLINDING white background you just imposed on everyone’s pages is unacceptable. Fix it. @TwitterForNews
— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) July 20, 2015
Not liking #Twitter changes removing backgrounds. WAAAY too white. Hurting my eyes. Thoughts from others?
— Pam Moore (@PamMktgNut) July 21, 2015
Aaaand there goes the white Twitter background. What a pointless, dumb, user-annoying change. Or bug. #Twitterwhite
— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) July 20, 2015
Readers: How do you feel about this change?
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