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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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Wikipedia Co-founder Launching Social Media Website “WT: Social”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named "WT: Social" which will compete Facebook and Twitter

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social media website names "WT: Social". Pixabay

Intended to get right what Facebook and Twitter have so far been getting wrong, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named “WT: Social” which will compete with both the social media platforms.

Instead of going for an ad-funded model, Wales aims to finance it through donations, just like Wikipedia.

Like those platforms, WT:Social will let users share articles. But WT:Social will be funded by donations, rather than advertising.

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Like other social media platforms,Wikipedia’s WT:Social will let users share articles. Pixabay

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content,” Wales was quoted as saying by Financial Times, according to an Engadget report.

It started as Wikitribune — a site that published original news stories with the community fact-checking and sub-editing articles. The venture never gained much traction, so Wales is moving it to the new platform with a more social networking focus.

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WT:Social will be free to join, but at the moment, you either have to sign up for a waitlist, donate or invite friends. Just a month old, it already has 50,000 users, the Engadget report added. (IANS)