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Twitter Acquires Smyte to Curb Abusive Behavior on its Platform

Twitter said Smyte's products will help it address challenges in safety, spam and security more quickly and effectively

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Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news
Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news. Pixabay
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In a bid to curb harassment of user on its platform, Twitter said it agreed to buy Smyte, a San Francisco-based technology company that specialises in safety, spam, and security issues.

Twitter said it was committed to serving the public conversation and ensuring the conversation on its platform is healthy.

“Smyte’s team, technology and company mission are aligned with our focus on improving the health of conversation on Twitter, and we believe this will be a powerful addition to our ongoing work,” Twitter said in a blog post on Thursday.

“We can’t wait until they join our team to help us make changes that will further improve the health of the public conversation,” it added.

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Twitter said Smyte’s products will help it address challenges in safety, spam and security more quickly and effectively.

“Their review tools and processes will be powerful additions to our own tools and technology that help us keep Twitter safe. We’ll integrate this technology to strengthen our systems and operations in the coming months,” Twitter said.

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During the past three years, the Smyte team helped large and small customers alike solve issues with spam, abuse and fraud.

“From ensuring safety and security at some of the world’s largest companies to specialised domain expertise, Smyte’s years of experience with these issues brings valuable insight to our team,” Twitter said. (IANS)

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Twitter CEO Counters the Criticism From The New York Times

Picking out a quote where Haberman said people were tweeting more and she felt she had to check in more frequently lest she miss something, the CEO said this is why the "show me the best tweets first" feature exists, a feature that is hated by many users.

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Throughout his thread, Dorsey brings up "identifying credibility" a couple of times. Pixabay

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hit back at Maggie Haberman — a New York Times journalist — who wrote about her break from the app, explaining why it has become an unbearable experience for her and others.

In Haberman’s Friday’s tweet, she describes how Twitter has gotten worse and worse in many regards over the years, developing into an unreliable source filled with toxic interactions and bitter criticism, Mashable reported on Saturday.

Replying to her on Saturday, Dorsey responded to specific points that Haberman made in a thread.

Picking out a quote where Haberman said people were tweeting more and she felt she had to check in more frequently lest she miss something, the CEO said this is why the “show me the best tweets first” feature exists, a feature that is hated by many users.

He then cherry-picked another part of Haberman’s piece that said, “Twitter is still an important source for news”, which the Twitter CEO of course agreed on, and then had a vaguely self-deprecating response to a quote in which Haberman said “Twitter is not a good platform to have meaningful discussions”.

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Throughout his thread, Dorsey brings up “identifying credibility” a couple of times, which may refer to changing how the verification system works so it’s not just for prominent names, people in media, and white supremacists, or maybe being more selective. (IANS)

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