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Microblogging Site Twitter Records Over 10 mn Tweets on US Midterms

In comparison to 2016, the number of people who Tweeted about #NationalVoterRegistrationDay has also doubled

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Twitter has recorded over 10 million tweets about voting since October 1 as the US midterm elections loom.

“This has already been the most tweeted-about US midterm election ever. Nearly 15,000 US users even have ‘vote’ in their display name,” Bridget Coyne, Senior Public Policy Manager, Twitter, said in a blog post on Friday.

Coyne said over the last several months, the company has taken significant steps to safeguard the integrity of conversations surrounding the US elections by reducing the spread of disinformation, strengthening outreach to government stakeholders, and streamlining our enforcement processes.

“We are committed to serving the public conversation about elections on our platform,” Twitter said.

The midterm elections were slated for November 6.

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To date, Twitter has added nearly 1,000 election labels to candidates’ profiles and partnered with local television stations to livestream 32 House, Senate and gubernatorial debates on Twitter.

In comparison to 2016, the number of people who Tweeted about #NationalVoterRegistrationDay has also doubled.

“Twitter is launching a wave of new #BeAVoter campaign initiatives to build on those efforts and encourage eligible voters to participate in next week’s elections,” said Coyne.

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“We want every eligible person to #BeAVoter in this election, and believe these initiatives will provide a safe, healthy platform for everyone to join the #ElectionDay conversation on November 6,” she added.

In July, it was reported that Twitter suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June — over 1 million accounts a day — in a massive drive to clear out bots and trolls on the platform. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls out Update For iOS Users

Twitter has also considering an edit functionality

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Twitter is rolling out an update for iOS users in the US where they can see tweets they care about the most in the search tab via new “sections”.

Currently, the Twitter search tab in the iOS app offers a vertically scrolling list of trending topics.

The users can now move horizontally to view the top news and tweets.

“We added sections so it’s easier for you to see the Tweets you care about the most, starting today in the US,” the company tweeted late on Wednesday.

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Twitter has also considering an edit functionality.

Its CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, who is in India this week, said on November 12 that the micro-blogging platform has been considering edit button for quite some time but did not reveal any specific timeline.

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“A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time,” Dorsey told the gathering at IIT-Delhi. (IANS)