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Twitter Responds to Claims of ‘Shadow Banning’

After Trump's tweet, Twitter shares slipped 3.2 per cent to $42.79 in early trading, Fortune reported. Trump has 53.3 million followers on the micro-blogging platform

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After US President Donald Trump slammed Twitter for “shadow banning” Republicans, the micro-blogging platform on Friday said it is not involved in banning people based on political viewpoints and there was a technical issue in its search that has been resolved.

Trump on Thursday slammed Twitter for “shadow banning” some Republicans in search results.

“SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints,” the US President tweeted.

“Shadow banning” is deliberately making someone’s content undiscoverable to everyone except the person who posted it.

According to Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour from Twitter, “we do not shadow ban”.

“You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go directly to their profile). And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology,” they wrote in a blog post.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Trump reacted after Vice News reported that Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesperson stopped showing up in Twitter’s auto-populated drop-down search box.

Twitter said it identified an issue where some accounts were not auto-suggested in search even when people were searching for their specific name.

“To be clear, this only impacted our search auto-suggestions. As of yesterday afternoon, this issue was resolved,” said Twitter.

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Hundreds of thousands of accounts were impacted by this issue and the impact was not limited to a certain political affiliation or geography.

“To be clear, these accounts were only impacted within search auto-suggestions — they still appeared in search results, said Gadde.

After Trump’s tweet, Twitter shares slipped 3.2 per cent to $42.79 in early trading, Fortune reported. Trump has 53.3 million followers on the micro-blogging platform. (IANS)

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Just Like Twitter, LinkedIn Starts Showing Trending Professional Stories

On desktop, it can be found on the right-hand side of the homepage, LinkedIn said.

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Just as in Twitter, on the LinkedIn mobile app, members can find the day's top stories on tapping inside the search bar. Pixabay

Taking a leaf out of Twitter’s book, Microsoft on Monday launched a new way for its over 55 million members of LinkedIn in the country to see the day’s top professional news stories and conversations happening around them — all in one place.

This new experience shows users a list of the top trending stories in India as they develop, along with diverse perspectives and opinions from other members on the platform.

The Microsoft-owned professional networking platform said each of these top stories is curated by the LinkedIn editorial team.

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The Microsoft-owned professional networking platform said each of these top stories is curated by the LinkedIn editorial team. Pixabay

“On mobile, it is currently ramped to 25 per cent members, and on desktop it is ramped to 90 per cent members in India,” LinkedIn said.

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Just as in Twitter, on the LinkedIn mobile app, members can find the day’s top stories on tapping inside the search bar.

On desktop, it can be found on the right-hand side of the homepage, LinkedIn said. (IANS)