Twitter has announced that it will be running a test with select iOS and Android users to give users an accurate preview of what their pictures will look like when they tweet a photo.
Currently, Twitter algorithms automatically crop images so that they appear more compressed in the timeline.
In the future, test takers will find that most Tweets with a single image in the standard aspect ratio will not be cropped when posted.
“People will see exactly what the image will look like in the composer tool before it is published. Very wide or tall images will be cropped in the middle,” said Dantley Davis, Twitter’s chief design officer, late Wednesday.
Twitter’s automatic cropping of images has been a problem for photographers and artists.
“We hope to use this test to find out if this new approach is better and what changes we need to make to make tweets with images an experience that you see,” Davis said in a tweet.
The Twitter algorithm decides which part of an image gets focus and this has caused problems in the past.
The algorithm once prioritized white faces over black faces in its image preview. It once cut out former US President Barack Obama in one person’s tests.