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Here’s Why Twitter Blocked This French Government Campaign

Other users in the platform are also finding the decision hilarious

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In what appears to be a case of scoring a self-goal, a French government ad campaign intended to encourage voting in the upcoming European Parliament elections has been blocked by Twitter for fear of violating France’s new fake news law, the media reported.

According to the new law which is in force since December, France requires online political campaigns to declare the billing information – who paid for them, and how much was spent, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

The French government’s information service (GIS) wanted to promote the campaign “#Ouijevote” (#YesI’mvoting) on Twitter.

But the microblogging site rejected the campaign after determining it to be a political campaign.

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Twitter’s decision to block the voter registration campaign baffled many.

“Twitter’s priority should be to fight content that glorifies terrorism. Not campaigns to register on the electoral lists of a democratic republic,” France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castanter was quoted as saying in a tweet.

Other users in the platform are also finding the decision hilarious.

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“In #France, @TwitterFrance has decided to block a goverment sponsored campaign to promote voting in europeans elections… by invoking a recent french law against #fakenews.

#Ouijevote,” wrote one user. (IANS)

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Google to Test More Variations to Desktop Search Results

Google announces on Twitter to test more desktop Search design after backlash

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After facing backlash from its users, Google announced on Twitter that it will test more variations to the desktop search results. Pixabay

After facing backlash from its users, Google announced on Twitter that it will test more variations and changes to the desktop search results.

Last week, Google introduced a new design for desktop Search that adds site afavicons’ to every result which did not go well with users.

A ‘favicon’, also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, tab icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon, is a file containing one or more small icons, associated with a particular website or web page.

In a tweet, Google said it has heard the feedback from users.

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Google introduced a new design for desktop Search that adds site afavicons’ to every result which did not go well with users. Pixabay

“Last week we updated the look of Search on desktop to mirror what’s been on mobile for months. We’ve heard your feedback about the update. We always want to make Search better, so we’re going to experiment with new placements for favicons,” the tech company tweeted late Friday.

“Our experimenting will begin today. Over the coming weeks, while we test, some might not see favicons while some might see them in different placements as we look to bring a modern look to desktop Search,” Google added.

Not just SEOs and SEMs but a wider set of searchers and Google users criticized the desktop Search changes.

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“Our early tests of the design for desktop were positive. But we appreciate the feedback, the trust people place in Google, and we’re dedicated to improving the experience,” said Google.

“Web publishers have also told us they like having their brand iconography on the search results page. We are experimenting with a change to the current desktop favicons, and will continue to iterate on the design over time,” it added. (IANS)