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By Benjamin Snyder
June 11, 2015

Twitter will soon allow direct messages of more than 140 characters, according to TechCrunch.

The change comes as Twitter (TWTR) hopes to encourage more users to exchange messages privately, and it’s slated to take place in July. But there are no planned changes for public tweets, which will remain capped at 140 characters.

There will, however, be a cap at 10,000 characters for direct messages, according to Venture Beat.

“We’ve done a lot to improve Direct Messages over the past year and have much more exciting work on the horizon. One change coming in July that we want to make you aware of now (and first!) is the removal of the 140 character limit in Direct Messages,” said Twitter in an announcement to developers.

“In order to make this change as seamless as possible for you we’ve included some recommendations below to ensure all your applications and services can handle these longer format messages before we flip the switch,” the company said.

The message change came following news that Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo will be stepping down from the top spot at the company. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder, will serve as interim CEO, the company said.

Costolo will remain on Twitter’s board.

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