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Tweeple Urge Twitter to Ban White Racists, Tackle Terrorism

Earlier in March, Facebook also said it would bar white nationalist and white separatist content from its platform

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After 22 people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, civil rights activists in the US have urged micro-blogging site Twitter to ban white supremacists from its platform to curb terrorism.

The demands come after it was brought to light that the gunman in the El Paso shooting posted a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto on online message board website “8chan”, the screenshot of which went viral on major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

People believe that while smaller platforms like “8chan” might be the places to promote white supremacist ideas, it is Twitter where these ideas become mainstream.

“22 people in El Paso were killed when a white supremacist said he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible, Twitter, you need to take an action. This cannot be promoted on a mass platform,” a tweet read.

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“Twitter’s user-base clearly wants them to ban 8chan. It’s a cesspool of hate that incubates white supremacist mass murderers and facilitates child pornography trafficking to boot. Why is 8chan verified? Why is Twitter not taking action on white supremacists post,” another tweet said.

US President Donald Trump also took to his Twitter handle and urged social media companies to “develop tools to detect mass shooters before they strike.”

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Previously, Twitter’s senior policy strategist, during a recent Congressional hearing said that the company took action against 184 groups that violated the company’s policy on violent extremism.

Earlier in March, Facebook also said it would bar white nationalist and white separatist content from its platform. (IANS)

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Twitter Planning Bitcoin Payments as Tips on its Platform

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company

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Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though.

The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other.

It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, which is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco.

Dorsey has made absolutely no secret of his love of Bitcoin over the years.

NewsBTC has reported on the Twitter CEO opining that Bitcoin will one day be the currency of the internet and his company Square integrating cryptocurrency payments.

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“Dorsey has been a major investor in the Bitcoin micropayments solution Lightning Network,” said the report.

Dorsey will move to Africa for three-six months this year to “define the future”.

“Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part,” said the Twitter CEO.

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Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company.

He is an advocate of digital currency bitcoin but he also says it is “not functional as a currency”. (IANS)