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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Suspends Accounts of Many China Activists

Twitter later apologised for the error

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Just days before the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 4, Twitter suspended a large number of accounts, including those belonging to Chinese political commentators, the media reported.

Twitter later apologised for the error.

Twitter’s action, which affected more than 100 users, came over several hours late Friday and early Saturday, The New York Times reported citing a human rights worker. As a result, accounts of several human rights lawyers, activists and students, among others, got suspended.

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“Among the accounts suspended are some prominent, long-time Chinese-language tweeps: @Sasha_Gong, @wmeng8. Both live in the US. More accts have been suspended than I can keep up,” wrote one user.

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Twitter said the accounts it suspended “as part of its work to protect the health of the public conversation” were not mass reported by the Chinese authorities.

“Sometimes our routine actions catch false positives or we make errors. We apologise. We’re working to ensure we overturn any errors, but we remain vigilant in enforcing our rules for those who violate them. As always, account holders can appeal,” Twitter said in a statement. (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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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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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)