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Twitter Loses 9mn Users

Average daily active users (DAU) increased nine per cent year-over-year, compared to 14 per cent in the same period the previous year

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This April 26, 2017, photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. According to a study released Jan. 24, 2019, a tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more. VOA

Twitter reported a surge of 17 per cent with a revenue of $758 mn in the third quarter, but also saw a decline of nine million in its user base.

Twitter revenue was up 29 per cent (year-over-year) and advertising revenue reached $650 million. The monthly active users (MAUs) reached 326 million.

“We’re achieving meaningful progress in our efforts to make Twitter a healthier and valuable everyday service,” said Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey in a statement late on Thursday.

The micro-blogging platform said that its user drop was due in part to the company clamping down on accounts that disseminate spam or use automated bots to try to target legitimate users.

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Twitter revenue hits $758 mn, loses 9 mn users. Pixabay

“We’re doing a better job detecting and removing spammy and suspicious accounts at sign-up. We’re also continuing to introduce improvements that make it easier for people to follow events, topics and interests on Twitter,” he added.

The total ad engagements increased 50 per cent (year-over-year) and international revenue hit $335 million — an increase of 30 per cent (year-over-year).

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“This quarter’s strong results prove we can prioritise the long-term health of Twitter while growing the number of people who participate in public conversation,” said Dorsey.

Average daily active users (DAU) increased nine per cent year-over-year, compared to 14 per cent in the same period the previous year. (IANS)

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Twitter Launches Privacy Centre to Spread Info About its Privacy

Twitter launches Privacy Centre to host data protection information

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Twitter has launched a Privacy Centre which will serve as a central place to spread information about its data protection related initiatives. Pixabay

Twitter has launched a Privacy Centre which will serve as a central place to disseminate information about its privacy and data protection related initiatives, announcements, new privacy products and communication about security incidents.

“We believe companies should be accountable to the people that trust them with their personal information, and responsible not only to protect that information but to explain how they do it,” Data Protection Officer Damien Kieran and Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead at Twitter wrote in a blog post on Monday.

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Twitter Privacy Center will provide more clarity around what twitter is doing to protect the information people share online. Pixabay

“That’s why we’re launching the Twitter Privacy Center to provide more clarity around what we’re doing to protect the information people share with us,” they wrote.

Twitter said it is continuing to invest in its “Data Management Organisation” so that it can always account for the data it has, how it is used, and when it is shared.

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“To make sure everyone at Twitter is accountable, privacy and data protection is the heart of our 2020 company-wide priority to build products that earn the trust of people who use them,” Kieran and Beykpour wrote.

“Privacy by design is a priority with every product we build,” they added. (IANS)