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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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Twitter Users Want Chandrayaan-2 to Take National Flag to Lunar Surface

Planetary protection refers to the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life

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India has 447 billion cubic metres of replenishable groundwater reserves, of which 60-70 per cent goes off in irrigation. Pixabay

As India’s heavy lift rocket nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ and its passenger Chandrayaan-2 gear up for their historic flight to the Moon on July 15, Twitter users shared what they would like to take to the lunar surface, with most of them mentioning the national flag.

However, Twitter users also shared many interesting ideas. Gautam Singh, for example, talked about taking a geographical map of India.

“So if an Intelligent ET will find it They can find where do we belong, A Flag will be useless for them,” tweeted Singh.

Some users even suggested that Indian soil should be transported to the Moon, while others pointed out to the planetary protection norms aimed to preserve our ability to study other worlds as they exist in their natural states.

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Twitter users shared what they would like to take to the lunar surface, with most of them mentioning the national flag. Pixabay

Planetary protection refers to the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life.

“We can sanitize everything before taking it there. Just like it is done today and was done for the flags,” said one user.

“Yep. Very much. Indian soil in the moon. Such a nice headline,” the user added.

The question “what you would take to the Moon” was originally posed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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ISRO said that it received interesting answers from people around the country, while sharing some of the the wish lists.

Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft land the lander, Vikram, and rover, Pragyan, in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70 degree south.

The Indian spacecraft and rover would land near the lunar south pole by September 6 or 7.

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Twitter users also shared many interesting ideas. Pixabay

The 3.8 tonne complex mission will have an orbiter with 8 scientific experiments, a lander with three experiments, a rover with two experiments and one passive experiment from the US space agency NASA.

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The ambitious mission will make India the fourth nation after the then Soviet Union (Russia), the US and China to land and ride on the moon to conduct various experiments on its orbit, surface, atmosphere and beneath. (IANS)