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Twitter issues Apology for Censoring ‘Bisexual’ Hashtag

Twitter has been constantly brinigng out new rules for things like unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence

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San Francisco, November 6, 2017 : Twitter which updated its policies last week to fight abuse in an efficient way has come under fire for censoring LGBTQ terms like “bisexual” on its platform.

According to The Verge on Monday, while updating its policies, the micro-blogging website also censored the “bisexual” hashtag under its adult content rules.

The biggest updates on the platform included abusive behaviour, self-harm, spam and related behaviours, graphic violence and adult content.

ALSO READ Twitter Toughens Abuse Rules – and now has to Enforce Them

Angry Twitterati posted against the move.

“If you search #bisexual and click on photos or news there are no results. This is bi-erasure. @Twitter has done this. We exist,” tweeted one user.

The updates last week were part of revamp to Twitter’s policies surrounding online abuse.

Reacting to the latest controversy, Twitter posted: “We’ve identified an error with search results for certain terms. We apologize for this. We’re working quickly to resolve & will update soon”.

Earlier in October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had said that the social media platform would take a more aggressive stance in its rules and its enforcement of them.

Dorsey, in his announcement which was a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, said that the platform would develop new rules for things like unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence. (IANS)

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Developers Can Now Access Full Twitter Archive

The micro-blogging company committed to give the developer community a unified platform with scalable access to Twitter data

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Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
  • Now developers can access Twitter archives
  • It will help developers build a business with the micro blogging site
  • The company has launched three types of APIs

Twitter has launched “premium full-archive search endpoint”, a premium product for developers that will provide them access to the full Twitter archive, including the first tweet from its CEO Jack Dorsey in 2016.

Starting Friday, the full archive search endpoint is available in beta for the developers’ community.

Twitter is a social micro-blogging site. Wikimedia Commons
Twitter is a social micro-blogging site. Wikimedia Commons

This is the first time that this data is available outside of site’s enterprise application programming interface (API), the company said in a statement.

“Like the premium 30-day search endpoint, we want to give you greater access to Twitter history, and we want to make it easy to innovate and to grow your solution,” the micro-blogging platform added.

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The feature works similarly to the 30-day endpoint and supports more complex queries, higher rate limits and other advanced features.

It will also allow developers to experiment with the new API in a free “Sandbox” environment where they can test things with up to 50 requests per month.

Twitter has launched three types of APIs to facilitate this.
Twitter has launched three types of APIs to facilitate this.

Users can visit “Subscriptions” in their developer accounts to manage this new endpoint.

Last year, the site laid out a vision for its API platform and published a public roadmap.

The micro-blogging company committed to give the developer community a unified platform with scalable access to the site’s data and more predictability so that they can build businesses with Twitter.

The company launched a third type of API — premium APIs — to bridge two types of access to Twitter data.

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This will help Twitter build business with developers and vice-versa. VOA
This will help Twitter build business with developers and vice-versa. VOA

The “premium APIs” can serve as “standard (free and public) APIs” that provide basic query functionality and foundational access to Twitter data and “enterprise APIs” (subscription-based), which deliver real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale. IANS