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Twitter Will Add Special Labels to Political Candidates in US

Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections.

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Twitter says it’s adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

Twitter says the move is to provide users with “authentic information” and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a person is running for and where. The labels will appear on retweets as well as tweets off of Twitter, such as when they are embedded in a news story.

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Twitter, along with Facebook and other social media companies, has been under heavy scrutiny for allowing their platforms to be misused by malicious actors trying to influence elections around the world.

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The labels will start to appear next week for candidates for governor and Congress.

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Twitter Eliminates Some Outdated Key Features in Third-Party Apps

The changes will affect third-party Twitter apps including Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon and Tweetings

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In its bid to deliver better experiences for its users, Twitter has removed support for some outdated key features tools in third-party apps.

In a blog post on Thursday, Twitter said it will remove access to application programme interfaces (APIs) needed to power push notifications and an auto-refreshing timeline.

“We’ve chosen to stop investing in other products a” including two legacy developer tools used by about 1 per cent of third-party developers. This means that some Twitter-like apps will not be able to function the exact same way as before,” said Rob Johnson, Director of Product at Twitter.

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The changes will affect third-party Twitter apps including Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon and Tweetings.

Instead of tweets automatically streaming in like they once did in some third-party apps, users will now need to pull to refresh like they do in Twitter-owned apps and sites.

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“We’ve removed support for Twitter for Apple Watch and Twitter for Mac, wea�ve replaced our previous Twitter for Windows app with our Progressive Web App, and now, we’re removing support for some outdated developer tools,” Johnson informed. (IANS)

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