Monday January 20, 2020

Twitter Renews Partnership With White Swan To Raise Suicidal Awareness

To raise awareness about suicide prevention in the country, Twitter India on Tuesday renewed its partnership with non-profit organisation White Swan Foundation

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To raise awareness about suicide prevention in the country, Twitter India on Tuesday renewed its partnership with non-profit organisation White Swan Foundation and has provided #adsforgood grants to empower their campaign.

This will enable them to reach millions of people across India during the dedicated eight-week suicide awareness campaign titled #OctoberAllies.

Twitter, in partnership with the International Association for Suicide Prevention, also launched a special emoji for the World Suicide Prevention Day, that was observed on September 10, globally including in India.

Represented by an orange ribbon that signifies the international symbol for World Suicide Prevention Day, the emoji will appear when people Tweet with the hashtags #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #SuicidePrevention #WSPD2019, #WSPD from September 10 to October 30, 2019.

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 8,00,000 people commit suicide every year — one person every 40 seconds.

“Suicide prevention requires unified efforts at a global scale. At Twitter, we believe that addressing mental health needs collaboration between all the relevant organisations – both public and private,” said Shagufta Kamran, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Twitter India.

“We are proud to join hands with White Swan Foundation and hopeful that we will be able to touch the lives of many Twitter users in a positive manner,” Kamran said.

According to the National Mental Health Survey 2016 on a nationally representative sample of 34,802, it was found that 13.7 per cent of Indians will develop a mental health issue some time in their life.

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“Twitter can be effectively used as a channel to connect with vulnerable people and raise awareness on critical issues such as mental health,” said Manoj Chandran, CEO, White Swan Foundation.

“A key challenge India’s mental healthcare is facing today is lack of public participation, which calls for a social movement on the subject. #OctoberAllies aims to bring about a paradigm shift in the way we respond to mental health issues, we are proud to join hands with Twitter India for this unique campaign,” he added.

Twitter now has a dedicated reporting form for people threatening suicide or self-harm, and a specialised team who review these reports.

When the platform receives reports that a person is carrying thoughts of suicide or self-harm, it contacts the reported user and lets them know that someone who cares about them identified that they might be at risk, the company said.

Twitter also provides the reported user with available online and hotline resources and encourages them to seek help. (IANS)

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Twitter Planning Bitcoin Payments as Tips on its Platform

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company

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Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though.

The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other.

It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, which is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco.

Dorsey has made absolutely no secret of his love of Bitcoin over the years.

NewsBTC has reported on the Twitter CEO opining that Bitcoin will one day be the currency of the internet and his company Square integrating cryptocurrency payments.

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“Dorsey has been a major investor in the Bitcoin micropayments solution Lightning Network,” said the report.

Dorsey will move to Africa for three-six months this year to “define the future”.

“Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part,” said the Twitter CEO.

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Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company.

He is an advocate of digital currency bitcoin but he also says it is “not functional as a currency”. (IANS)