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rishi-garg-twitterNew York: A top-level Indian American executive has quit micro-blogging site Twitter to pursue some exciting new projects, the latest in a string of high-profile departures.

The exit of Rishi Garg, Twitter’s head of mergers and acquisitions, comes weeks after Twitter said it is replacing its CEO, Dick Costolo, with co-founder Jack Dorsey as an interim CEO, a media outlet reported.

“After an amazing ride as Twitter’s VP Corporate Development and Strategy, I’m saying farewell today (Saturday),” Garg tweeted.

“I am off to pursue some exciting new projects; more soon! #staytuned,” Garg added.

He joined Twitter in May 2014, from the firm Square, where he was head of corporate development.

Before that, Garg was an entrepreneur with General Catalyst Partners, Google and MTV Networks.

“Our team has built a stronger Twitter with a dozen acquisitions in the last year including @periscopeco,@zipdial,@tellapart, @joinniche,” Garg’s post read.

“It’s been a privilege to bring incredible entrepreneurs into the #flock like @kayvz, @crazyfoo, @valwagoner, @jeffma, @dlach5, @gabor.”

“I can’t wait to witness the company’s next chapter under @jack, a truly gifted leader and human being,” he added.

In latest developments, Twitter said it is looking for a CEO with a “full-time commitment” to run the service.

The board has formed a search committee and hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart, to find outgoing CEO Costolo’s replacement.

The board said it will be looking at candidates both inside and outside of Twitter, and would take the time necessary to find the right person, CNET reported.

With Twitter chairman and co-founder, Dorsey taking the reins as interim CEO on July 1, there is speculation that he could make the job title permanent.(IANS)

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Twitter Gets a Bug And Releases DM’s of 3 Mn Users To a Third Party Application

Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data.

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A bug in Twitter’s platform for third-party app developers exposed some Direct Messages (DMs) from nearly 3 million users to outsiders, the micro-blogging platform has admitted.

The bug ran from May 2017 and within hours of discovering it on September 10, Twitter said it fixed the bug to prevent data from being unintentionally sent to the incorrect developer.

“The bug affected less than 1 per cent of people on Twitter. The bug may have caused some of these interactions to be unintentionally sent to another registered developer,” Twitter said in a blog post on Saturday.

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“In some cases, this may have included certain DMs or protected tweets, for example a Direct Message with an airline that had authorised an Account Activity API (AAAPI) developer.”

The Account Activity API allows registered developers to build tools to better support businesses and their communications with customers on Twitter.

Twitter currently has over 336 million users and one per cent means nearly 3 million of those were affected.

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If your business authorised a developer using the AAAPI to access your account, the bug may have impacted your activity data in error.

“We’re very sorry this happened. If your account was affected by this bug, we will contact you directly through an in-app notice and on twitter.com,” said the company.

In May, the micro-blogging platform asked its 336 million users to change their password across its services after it discovered a bug that stored passwords in plain text in an internal system.

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Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data but advised users that they should enter a new password on all services where their current password has been used. (IANS)

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