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Jack Dorsey Admits Twitter Makes it Easy to Abuse Others

Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

Admitting that Twitter makes it “super easy to harass and abuse others”, CEO of the micrblogging platform Jack Dorsey has said that addressing the issue in a systematic way is his biggest worry.

The platform is relying more on Machine Learning (ML) to identify abusive tweets as opposed to having people individually report them, Dorsey said in his TED talk this week, Business Insider reported.

“We have seen abuse, we have seen harassment, we have seen manipulation, automation, human coordination, misinformation,” Dorsey was quoted as saying.

“These are dynamics that we were not expecting 13 years ago.”

Dorsey also lamented that the system places undue weight on followers and likes.

“Right now the system makes it super easy to harass and abuse others,” he said, while adding that Twitter has created a “pretty terrible situation” for women.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

As part of the efforts to make its platform appear less toxic, Twitter this week also announced that it is planning to give people an option to hide replies to their tweets, thereby giving users more control over the nature of conversation they would like to have on the platform.

“Starting in June, we’ll be experimenting with ways to give people more control over their conversations by giving them an option to hide replies to their Tweets,” Donald Hicks, Vice President, Twitter Service and David Gasca, Twitter’s Senior Director, Product Management, Health, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

While the feature has the potential to make trolls invisible, it could make it difficult for users to correct wrong statements made by others.

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Other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram already give users much more power in terms of dealing with the comments to their posts, including the option to delete them.

Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Adding GIFs, Polls, Emojis to TweetDeck

TweetDeck was set up in 2008 by Iain Dodsworth and was later acquired by Twitter in 2011

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The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

Micro-blogging site Twitter plans to update its social media dashboard app TweetDeck with support for GIFs, polls and emojis.

In a Twitter poll, users were asked to choose the missing features that people would most like to see incorporated into TweetDeck, The Verge reported on Friday.

The company plans on bringing the above mentioned new elements as well as support for threads and image tagging to TweetDeck.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“It’s not that TweetDeck is really suffering from not having these features. But it’s a gesture of goodwill from Twitter to bring these features to TweetDeck, if only to show that the app is still in its good graces,” the report said.

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For now, the features are in the test phase and details about the public roll-out remain unknown.

TweetDeck was set up in 2008 by Iain Dodsworth and was later acquired by Twitter in 2011. (IANS)