New York: Social networking platform Twitter will soon allow users in India to pay their bills via the micro-blogging site.
The company has announced a partnership with India-based start-up Lookup to facilitate users to send a direct message to @lookuplite in order to book appointments, inquire about services and make transactions with businesses, Techcrunch reported.
Lookup lets retailers and consumers chat with each other through direct messaging. It boasts of 1.2 million registered users despite listing merchants from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Currently, users can buy directly within the social network through Twitter’s ‘Buy’ button.
In the new facility, orders and payments would be fulfilled separately and offline with Twitter simply facilitating the conversation.
Lookup will use Twitter’s API, as well as its monitoring capabilities, to handle connecting the customer to the prospective merchant.
Instead of connecting users through phone numbers, Lookup instead uses Google Maps to give users a view of all the retailers in their area. (IANS)
Twitter on Thursday said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a key priority for the company and it deeply respects the integrity of the election process while being committed to provide a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate.
“The 2019 Lok Sabha is a priority for the company and our dedicated cross functional team is working to ensure that the health of the public conversation is enhanced and protected at this important time,” Colin Crowell, Global Vice President – Public Policy, Twitter, said in a statement.
Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.
The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25 over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform.
According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world.
“This is a constant process of learning and we gain insights from every election around the world, which helps inform our approach to this evolving challenge,” said Crowell.
In this regard, Twitter on Tuesday announced to bring its Ads Transparency Centre to India on March 11 that allows everyone to view political ads with details like ad spend and targeting demographics.
“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company.
Twitter said it continues to invest intensively to identify and combat bad faith actors who try to manipulate the service.
“We have formed an internal, cross functional elections group to lead electoral integrity work in India from now through polling day.
The team, said Twitter, is working with political parties from across the spectrum, as well as the Election Commission of India, so that they know how to report suspicious, abusive and rule-violating activity to Twitter. (VOA)