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Twitter Testing a New Feature For Android Users

The feature-test roll-out for iOS users and its final release plans remain unclear as of now

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Micro-blogging site Twitter is testing a new feature on Android that puts news stories at the top of the timeline to help users keep up with what is happening around the world.

“With this update, we’re making it easier for people to see the news and stories their followers have been discussing while they’ve been away right at the top of their timeline,” Mashable quoted Wally Gurzynski, Product Manager, Twitter as saying on Tuesday.

The feature comes with a prompt that says — “Catch up on what’s happened while you were away”.

Earlier in 2015 and 2016 Twitter released “While you were away” and “Never miss an important tweet” features but they were not to specifically highlight news stories.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

This feature, however, rather than just surfacing interesting and popular tweets, focuses on news stories from news agencies and organisations.

This catching-up with the news test feature is in line with the other tests that Twitter is running and are aimed at following specific conversations and newsworthy events easier, the report added.

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The feature test roll-out for iOS users and its final release plans remain unclear as of now. (IANS)

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Election Commission of India Joins Twitter Ahead of LS Polls

Available in 12 languages, the election emoji would feature an image of the Parliament of India

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The Election Commission of India on Friday joined Twitter ahead of the Lok Sabha elections while the micro-blogging site also launched a special election emoji aimed at encouraging participation in election-related discussions, encouraging more people to go and vote.

Available in 12 languages, the election emoji would feature an image of the Parliament of India.

To further raise awareness among voters, the Election Commission of India has launched the “Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation” programme (SVEEP) on the platform.

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“Twitter India welcomes the Election Commission of India’s SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Program) (@ECISVEEP) onboard the platform,” the company said in a statement.

“India is the world’s largest democracy, and the upcoming election is a key priority for us at Twitter. Over the past several months, we’ve taken significant steps to safeguard the integrity of conversations and enhance the health of our platform. We are honoured to onboard the Election Commission handle to encourage voter education,” Mahima Kaul, Director, Public Policy and Government at Twitter India said.

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“Citizens will receive crucial information directly from the Election Commission on Twitter, in turn they can engage with and amplify accurate and positive information to their community.” (IANS)