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June 12, 2015 8:27 AM EDT

Twitter will lift the 140-character limit on direct messages beginning next month, the social media platform announced Thursday.

While regular tweets will still be capped off at 140 characters, direct messages will now have a maximum count of 10,000 characters. Twitter’s product manager for direct messages, Sachin Agarwal, made the announcement in a post notifying developers to update their apps and services to accommodate the new limit.

The news came on the same day that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo unexpectedly resigned; the company’s co-founder Jack Dorsey will fill the role until a replacement is named.


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