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Twitter Challenged 19.35 Crore Accounts for Verification in The Second Half of 2018

Twitter said it particularly focused on detecting fake accounts at sign-up during the six-month period

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As part of its efforts to prevent manipulation of the platform by bots and fake accounts, Twitter challenged 19.35 crore accounts for verification in the second half of 2018, 17 per cent fewer than the first half of last year, according to a transparency report from the micro-blogging site.

Twitter uses the “anti-spam challenge” for confirming whether a human is in control of an account.

Twitter may require the account holder to verify a phone number or email address, or complete a reCAPTCHA.

These challenges are simple for authentic account owners to solve, but could be difficult (or costly) for spammy or malicious account owners to complete.

“Accounts which fail to complete a challenge within a specified period of time may be suspended,” said the report.

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Twitter said it particularly focused on detecting fake accounts at sign-up during the six-month period.

The decrease in the number of anti-spam challenges enforced during the second half of 2018 is related to the targeted efforts to detect fake accounts at sign-up and deter unhealthy accounts at the time of account creation, Twitter said.

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“We also launched an enhanced spam reporting flow in October 2018 to provide people who use Twitter with the option to tell us more about the type of spam they experienced when they make a report,” it added.

“Aggregate reports of spam have also decreased in the second half of 2018, suggesting that people continue to experience fewer spammy interactions on Twitter,” said the report. (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)