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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Taking a step further in boosting the user experience, popular social media website Twitter introduced a new setting, which will allow you to send and receive direct messages from anyone, even if you’re not following them.

This change has come in light after years of testing a feature that would let anyone to opt in to receive direct messages from other users on the platform. This setting was revealed broadly to a selected user base in 2013, but was out of reach for general public. However, the changes announced by Twitter today make this discrete setting available for everyone on the platform.

In order to allow anyone to send you a direct message, you need to go to your privacy settings in your Twitter account and then tick on ‘Receive direct messages from anyone.’ However, enabling this setting does not allow you to send a Direct Message to somebody who has not enabled this setting.

Lately, Twitter has also declared that it will work towards constraining abusive tweets. It will rebuild its safety policy and is amplifying the team in charge of enforcing it. It will also greatly invest in ways to detect and curb the reach of abusive content.

“As some of our users have unfortunately experienced firsthand, certain types of abuse on our platform have gone unchecked because our policies and product have not appropriately recognized the scope and extent of harm inflicted by abusive behavior,” said Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde.

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Lok Sabha Elections On Priority List Says Twitter

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform.

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Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform. Pixabay

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.

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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. Pixabay

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.

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“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. Pixabay

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.

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“Using proprietary-built internal tools, the team proactively protects trends, supports partner escalations, and identifies potential threats from malicious actors,” said the micro-blogging platform.

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)