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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Showing More Sponsored Ads in Users’ Timeline

According to Twitter, all Promoted Tweets are clearly labelled as Promoted when an advertiser is paying for their placement on the platform

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If you are witnessing more sponsored ads in your Twitter timeline, you are not alone. Twitter is running a test that has increased the number of promoted tweets in users’ timelines.

According to Buzzfeed News, the test, however, resulted in users complaining about “clickbait-style ads and at least one malicious campaign”.

One promoted tweet linked to an article about overseas women looking for American men.

Another offered to explain: “Why one in two Slavic women want to spend their lives with a Western man.”

One malicious campaign used false articles to promote casinos.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

Popular with advertisers, Promoted Tweets has in the past been exploited by Bitcoin scammers as well.

Twitter later removed the malicious campaign.

“We are always running experiments with our ad experience, including with the various aspects of ad frequency and targeting. We welcome feedback on how people feel about the ads they see via the down arrow on Tweets,” a Twitter statement read.

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Promoted Tweets are ordinary Tweets purchased by advertisers who want to reach a wider group of users or to spark engagement from their existing followers.

According to Twitter, all Promoted Tweets are clearly labelled as Promoted when an advertiser is paying for their placement on the platform. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Removes Precise Location Tagging on App

After the precise location-sharing feature for tweets is removed, users who want to share where they are can do so through services like independent location data platform Foursquare

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The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to eliminate the option of letting users add their precise location details like latitude and longitude as part of their tweets.

“Most people don’t tag their precise location in tweets, so we’re removing this ability to simplify your tweeting experience,” Twitter Support posted on Wednesday.

However, the company said users would still be able to add precise location tags in tweets captured through the app’s camera.

“You’ll still be able to tag your in tweets through our updated camera. It’s helpful when sharing on-the-ground moments,” the company added.

While the announcement gathered several newer reactions, comments and opinions, some users stuck to their demand asking the micro-blogging site to add the abilility to edit tweets on the platform.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

Questioning the platform on displaying the “Twitter for Android” or “Twitter for iOS” label benethe posts a user wrote: “Also why mention the device being used?”

Twitter users can opt out of location-sharing features in its “privacy and safety” menu.

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Users who do not wish to share their precise location details should continue keeping the feature turned off for as long as it is still available in Twitter’s camera, TechCrunch reported.

After the precise location-sharing feature for tweets is removed, users who want to share where they are can do so through services like independent location data platform Foursquare, the report added. (IANS)