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Twitter Considering Ways to Restrict Mental, Physical Threats: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

On being asked whether Twitter's lack of diversity caused the slow build of anti-harassment features on the app to protect users, Dorsey admitted that was "likely" a reason

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Micro-blogging site Twitter is considering ways to restrict mental and physical threats to its users that are triggered during or due to digital conversation on its platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in an online interview.

Dorsey made the comments while discussing Twitter’s efforts to reduce harassment on its platform and promote healthy conversations.

“We have to consider first and foremost what online activity does to impact physical safety, as a way to prioritise our efforts. I don’t think companies like ours have admitted or focused on that enough,” Dorsey tweeted on Tuesday.

The company is trying to implement policies and enforcements that would reduce the probability of Twitter users experiencing offline physical harm.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

In October 2018, Twitter prohibited misgendering transgender users and also banned repeated or non-consensual slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, and other degrading content, the media had reported.

We are using Machine Learning (ML) to downrank bad actors, we have given more control to users with options to mute accounts without profile pictures, associated phone and emails, Dorsey noted.

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On being asked whether Twitter’s lack of diversity caused the slow build of anti-harassment features on the app to protect users, Dorsey admitted that was “likely” a reason.

“We don’t have all the answers just yet. But that’s the focus. I think it clarifies a lot of work we need to do. We have to change a lot of fundamentals of the product to fix,” he added. (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 Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

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 on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“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)