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New York, April 18, 2017: Twitter quietly released support for third-party two-factor authentication applications enabling the Twitterati to now use these apps to protect their accounts, a media report said.

A Twitter developer said that this feature had been live since “late last year or early this year”, tech website Android Police reported on Monday.

This feature allows Twitter users to use third-party apps, such as Google Authenticator or LastPass Authenticator, to protect their accounts.

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To turn this feature on, users can go to the Settings menu on Twitter’s website, then go to Account, and look for “Login verification” under the Security menu.

Twitter already has its own two-factor authentication feature, and new users will need to activate this system before being allowed to set up a third-party authenticator app.

Once Twitter’s system is activated, users can click the button reading “Setup a code generator app” to activate the third-party app of their choice.

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In January this year, computer scientists have found massive collections of fake accounts on the micro-blogging site and suggested that one person or a group is managing these accounts.

According to a BBC report, the largest network that was found have tied together more than 350,000 accounts and further work suggested that others might be even bigger.

The networks were uncovered accidentally when some researchers were probing Twitter to see how people use it.

Some of the accounts were used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics.

As of the third quarter of 2016, the micro-blogging service averaged at 317 million monthly active users. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Testing Profile Preview Feature on Android, iOS

The micro-blogging site is also working on a feature that would trace the origins of long tweet-threads

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In an attempt to address the problem of following threaded conversations on its app, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly testing an overlay of profile preview that would enable users to see information of any person replying to their tweet-threads.

Typically, Twitter does not automatically organise conversations in ways easy to dissect, hence, tweet threads become difficult to follow and users tend to get lost in confusion.

This feature, which would work within the threads as well as outside on the main feed, would show information of the replier including their Twitter bio, follower counts, and when they joined the service, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

Users would also get options to jump to the full profile of the other users along with the standard share options – specifically tailored for the user’s profile.

Twitter says the feature should be arriving for Android users soon, the report said.

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The company also tweeted about testing the feature on iOS that would allow users to check out other people’s profiles without having to leave their timelines.

“A feature like a profile preview is a good way to help users stay focused on one particular conversation and glean important information about who’s participating without having to jump around incessantly,” the report added.

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In a recent interview, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey happened to mention that Twitter is working out ways to restrict mental and physical threats to its users that are triggered during or due to digital conversation on its platform.

The micro-blogging site is also working on a feature that would trace the origins of long tweet-threads. (IANS)