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Twitter India Celebrates Rising Women Achievers

"Indian women have always been enterprising and have created a positive impact on society with their hard work, experience and knowledge. Women online, though niche, are a very powerful voice," said Union Minister for WCD Maneka Gandhi

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With the aim to empower female voices and celebrate their achievements on the platform, Twitter India on Tuesday launched a new campaign called #WebWonderWomen (WWW).

The campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and human rights organisation Breakthrough will allow users to nominate rising Indian women achiever with their Twitter handle.

The woman should be an achiever under one of the following categories: health or fitness, community, media, literature, art, sports, technology or STEM, travel, business, legal or policy, governmental, entertainment, fashion or beauty, finance, food, environment.

“We’re focused on powering positive change by fostering healthy and informative conversations, sharing stories that inspire, and highlighting individuals who drive real impact through Twitter,” Colin Crowell, Global Vice President – Public Policy, Twitter, said in a statement.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

As part of the campaign, the nominee will be required to produce evidence on Twitter, which shows their use of the platform has had a positive impact.

This can be shown or shared in the form of engagement or conversation with their followers. The nominee should be active and make at least weekly updates on Twitter.

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Their communication and content should be positive, and there should be no shaming, no abuse, no toxicity on their handles. Further, the nominate should not have promoted any form of negativity.

“Indian women have always been enterprising and have created a positive impact on society with their hard work, experience and knowledge. Women online, though niche, are a very powerful voice,” said Union Minister for WCD Maneka Gandhi. (IANS)

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A Bug in Twitter Exposes Private Tweets of Some Android Users

Twitter is also facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system

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New Twitter bug exposed Android users' private tweets. Pixabay

A bug in Twitter exposed private tweets of some Android users for over five years when they made changes in their settings, like changing the email address linked to their accounts.

According to the micro-blogging platform, the bug (now fixed) disabled the “Protect your Tweets” setting if certain account changes were made on Android devices.

The bug didn’t affect people using Twitter on iOS or desktop, Twitter said on Thursday.

“You may have been impacted by this issue if you had protected Tweets turned on in your settings, used Twitter for Android, and made certain changes to account settings such as changing the email address associated with your account between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019.

“People on iOS or the web were not impacted. We fixed the issue on January 14, and we’ll provide updates if other important information becomes available,” Twitter said on its Help page.

The company said it has informed those who were affected by the bug, and has turned “Protect your Tweets” back on for them if it was disabled.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. VOA

“We encourage you to review your privacy settings to ensure that your aProtect your Tweets’ setting reflects your preferences,” said Twitter, adding it is sorry that this happened.

In May last year, Twitter asked its 336 million users to change their passwords after it discovered a bug that stored passwords in plain text in an internal system.

Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data but advised users that they should enter a new password on all services where their current password has been used.

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Another bug in Twitter’s platform for third-party app developers exposed some Direct Messages (DMs) from nearly 3 million users to outsiders, the micro-blogging platform admitted in September.

The bug ran from May 2017 and after discovering it, Twitter said it fixed the bug to prevent data from being unintentionally sent to the incorrect developer.

Twitter is also facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system. (IANS)