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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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Twitter said it identified an issue where some accounts were not auto-suggested in search even when people were searching for their specific name.
Twitter said it identified an issue where some accounts were not auto-suggested in search even when people were searching for their specific name. Pixabay
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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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Twitter Lite: A Data-Friendly Version of Twitter Now Available in India

The micro-blogging platform, while releasing second quarter earnings, reported $711 million in revenue -- an increase of 24 per cent year-over-year

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Data-friendly Twitter Lite now available in India. Pixabay

The micro-blogging platform has made its data-friendly Twitter Lite Android app available in 21 more countries, including India, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

Built for 2G and 3G networks which are still in use in several parts of India, Twitter Lite has an install size of 3MB, saves data and space and loads quickly on unreliable networks.

“While using the app on 2G or 3G, you’ll notice that content will load quickly on Twitter Lite. We want to make sure you can see what’s happening no matter what network you’re on,” Twitter said in a statement late on Monday.

Twitter Lite is now available in the Google Play Store in more than 45 countries.

After a successful trial in the Philippines, Twitter rolled out the data-friendly Lite Android app in 24 countries in December 2017.

By enabling data saver mode, users can control which images and videos load on their phones.

“You can still load all the content at any time by hitting ‘Load image’ or ‘Load video’, helping you save money and data in real time,” said Twitter.

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Twitter Lite is now available in the Google Play Store in more than 45 countries. (VOA)

The “Bookmarks” feature allows users to save important Tweets for later.

“Twitter Lite supports push notifications, allowing you to keep up with what’s happening around the world,” said the micro-blogging platform that currently has 335 million users.

The night mode feature gives timeline a darker theme — easier on eyes and to read even during the day.

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“Threaded Tweets are now available on Twitter Lite. We’ve made it easy to create a thread by adding a plus button in the composer, so you can connect your thoughts and publish your threaded Tweets all at the same time,” said the statement.

Twitter in July reported a drop of one million users in the second quarter of 2018 — with monthly active user count going down from 336 million in the last quarter to 335 million.

The micro-blogging platform, while releasing second quarter earnings, reported $711 million in revenue — an increase of 24 per cent year-over-year. (IANS)