Jack Dorsey's Twitter account hacked
Using a SIM swap attack, hackers compromise the Twitter CEO's account and post racist and sexist remarks.
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Twitter says it is now doing a better job of communicating to people who are accused of harassment on the site. Twitter says accounts in this kind of timeout, meanwhile, have subsequently received 25-percent fewer abuse reports . More than half of the accounts accused of abusive behavior receive
Twitter says more than 50 percent of tweets identified as abusive are now being flagged by its automated moderation tools first and taken down before a user reports them. Improvements in its machine learning model for identifying problematic tweets enabled the faster moderation, Twitter said.
Cracking down on abusive tweets has been an ongoing goal of Twitter’s. The company regularly talks about how “one of our highest priorities is to improve the health of the public conversation on Twitter,” as its earnings letter says today. Ongoing abuse has made Twitter an unpleasant place to be for many longtime and highly active users, so its ability to cut down on bad actors is important to the site’s usage and user growth.
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Twitter said its automated systems proactively flag 38 percent of abusive tweets removed from the Over the past year, Twitter has invested in systems to detect " abusive " content before it is reported to them . It also said it has been acting more quickly in responding to requests from users appealing
Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the “promotion of terrorism”, a 20 percent decline from the previous six The social media platform said in July it had 328 million average monthly active users in the three months to June 30. The European Union has
Twitter says its automated flagging has grown from 43 percent of all abusive tweets last quarter and 38 percent the quarter before that. To be clear: this doesn’t represent every single abusive tweet on Twitter — just the ones that Twitter has ultimately removed as abusive. A problematic tweet that Twitter either missed or ultimately chose not to remove wouldn’t count, while a tweet that was mistakenly removed as abuse would.
Those are important caveats, but Twitter would at least like us to think that these numbers represent an overall improvement in moderation. Twitter says that it’s also been sending more flagged tweets to human moderators for review and that reviews have been happening “more proactively and faster than before.” More abusive content was taken down in total, too.
Twitter will limit the reach of tweets by certain politicians who break its rules
Twitter is doing more than just slapping a warning label over offending tweets. Users won't be able to like, reply, share or retweet these tweets. Users will still be able to share the tweet with a comment. "These actions are meant to limit the tweet's reach while maintaining the public's ability to view and discuss it," Twitter said in a blog post. The company also outlines when they're more likely to make an exception for public interest.
Before now , you could only report one abusive tweet at a time. Over the last year, Twitter has been making more robust efforts to help users deal with harassment on its platform. He said the lack of effective measures to deal with trolls and harassment was driving away “core user after core user
..this thinking years ago. Instead, it was always held together with very weak bandaids, & in an artificial manner. There is good will on both sides & a really good chance for success. The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey .
As it’s said in the past, Twitter continues to acknowledge that it has more work to do on abuse and that its goal is to reduce “the burden on victims of abuse” and to take “action before abuse is reported.”
The moderation numbers came in Twitter’s latest earnings report, which also saw the company report adding 6 million new daily users during its third quarter. Twitter now has 145 million daily users, up from 124 million this time a year ago and 139 million last quarter.
User growth has been a big struggle for Twitter over the past couple years, and today’s numbers at least suggest that it’s continuing to head in the right direction. They don’t tell the full story, though: until recently, Twitter disclosed how many monthly users it had, rather than daily users, and that number was shrinking for a year straight up until the beginning of 2019.
While Twitter’s daily usage numbers are a lot rosier, they’re still fairly small. Snapchat now has 210 million daily users, and as of the beginning of this year, Instagram had 500 million people just using Stories every day.
Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts
Facebook on Wednesday said it has nixed 5.4 billion fake accounts already this year, in a sign of a persistent battle on social media against manipulation and disinformation. "We have improved our ability to detect and block attempts to create fake, abusive accounts," the internet firm said in its latest transparency report."We can estimate that every day, we prevent millions of attempts to create fake accounts using these detection systems.
Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the "promotion of The European Union has threatened legislation on Internet firms removing illegal content if they do The transparency report showed Turkey was the most active country in seeking the removal of content
What does twitter allow? Twitter says it 'prohibits the promotion of hate content, sensitive Twitter is honing in on accounts for ' abusive behaviour', such as harassing an account that doesn't Twitter also announced last week that it is creating a 'safe search' feature that removes tweets with
Twitter claims part of the revenue miss was product related. I'm told it was this: Twitter was using personal data from some users to either target them with ads or measure the performance of ads in ways it wasn't supposed to. It stopped doing that in Aug. https://t.co/gOTRyJ4BHs— Kurt Wagner (@KurtWagner8) October 24, 2019
Despite the generally positive user numbers, Twitter’s stock is taking a serious hit on today’s earnings report, with share price down almost 20 percent before market open. Twitter turned a profit again, but the company only reached $44 million, narrowly missing its guidance and falling from $92 million the same quarter last year. Revenue of $824 million also fell near the bottom of Twitter’s projections.
Twitter said a number of things were at fault for the weaker-than-hoped revenue, including bugs that limited its ability to target ads and share data with advertisers. Bloomberg reporter Kurt Wagner said Twitter’s ability to target and measure ads fell significantly after the company stopped using data for advertising that users had not granted the company permission to use, as it had been doing in some cases for around a year. That mistake was disclosed in August.
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Twitter won't be removing inactive accounts after backlash over profiles of dead users .
Social networking site Twitter initially said it would be wiping accounts that hadn't been accessed within the past six months. The cleanup was set to happen Dec. 11.On the surface, it was a good idea because the purge would free up coveted usernames that were held up by inactive users. Typically the only way to get a username from someone is through a trademark case.The proposed move by Twitter also spotlighted the fact that there's no way to memorialize deceased users' accounts.