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Twitter Acquires London-based Start-up to Spot Network Manipulation

The Fabula AI team would join the Twitter team to stop spam and abuse and other strategic priorities in the future

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In a bid to detect network manipulation in time, micro-blogging site Twitter has acquired London-based start-up Fabula AI.

“We are excited to announce that we have acquired Fabula AI, a London-based start-up, with a world-class team of Machine Learning (ML) researchers who employ graph deep learning to detect network manipulation,” Parag Agrawal, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Twitter, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

The acquisition announcement came after Twitter claimed it took down over 2,800 fake accounts linked to Iran in May.

According to a report released by US cybersecurity firm FireEye, some Twitter accounts were posing as US Republican Congressional candidates to push pro-Iranian political messaging, CNET reported.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

In a blog post, the London-based start-up said its Geometric Deep Learning technology has high success rates of spotting fake news.

The Fabula AI team would join the Twitter team to stop spam and abuse and other strategic priorities in the future.

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“We work to help people feel safe on Twitter and help them see relevant information. Specifically, by studying and understanding the Twitter graph, comprised of millions of tweets, re-tweets and likes shared on Twitter every day, we will be able to improve the health of the conversation, as well as products including the timeline, recommendations, the explore tab and the onboarding experience,” Agrawal said in the blog post. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Removes Precise Location Tagging on App

After the precise location-sharing feature for tweets is removed, users who want to share where they are can do so through services like independent location data platform Foursquare

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Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to eliminate the option of letting users add their precise location details like latitude and longitude as part of their tweets.

“Most people don’t tag their precise location in tweets, so we’re removing this ability to simplify your tweeting experience,” Twitter Support posted on Wednesday.

However, the company said users would still be able to add precise location tags in tweets captured through the app’s camera.

“You’ll still be able to tag your in tweets through our updated camera. It’s helpful when sharing on-the-ground moments,” the company added.

While the announcement gathered several newer reactions, comments and opinions, some users stuck to their demand asking the micro-blogging site to add the abilility to edit tweets on the platform.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

Questioning the platform on displaying the “Twitter for Android” or “Twitter for iOS” label benethe posts a user wrote: “Also why mention the device being used?”

Twitter users can opt out of location-sharing features in its “privacy and safety” menu.

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Users who do not wish to share their precise location details should continue keeping the feature turned off for as long as it is still available in Twitter’s camera, TechCrunch reported.

After the precise location-sharing feature for tweets is removed, users who want to share where they are can do so through services like independent location data platform Foursquare, the report added. (IANS)