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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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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 Planning Bitcoin Payments as Tips on its Platform

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though.

The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other.

It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, which is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco.

Dorsey has made absolutely no secret of his love of Bitcoin over the years.

NewsBTC has reported on the Twitter CEO opining that Bitcoin will one day be the currency of the internet and his company Square integrating cryptocurrency payments.

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A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

“Dorsey has been a major investor in the Bitcoin micropayments solution Lightning Network,” said the report.

Dorsey will move to Africa for three-six months this year to “define the future”.

“Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part,” said the Twitter CEO.

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Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company.

He is an advocate of digital currency bitcoin but he also says it is “not functional as a currency”. (IANS)