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Twitter users are younger, more highly educated, more likely to identify as Democrats and have higher incomes than US adults overall, says a new study from Pew Research Centre amid allegations of anti-conservative bias against the social media platform.

US President Donald Trump earlier criticised social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter for anti-conservative bias.

A parliamentary committee in India earlier this year summoned top Twitter executives for alleged bias against “nationalist” accounts.

The new study by the Pew Research Center showed that 36 per cent Twitter users are likely to identify with the Democratic Party compared with 30 per cent of US adults generally.

For the study, the researchers conducted a nationally representative survey of 2,791 US adult Twitter users who were willing to share their Twitter handles.

The results showed that most users rarely tweet, but the most prolific 10 per cent create 80 per cent of tweets from adult US users.

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The analysis indicates that the 22 per cent of American adults who use Twitter are representative of the broader population in certain ways, but not others.

Twitter users also differ from the broader population on some key social issues.

For instance, Twitter users are somewhat more likely to say that immigrants strengthen rather than weaken the country and to see evidence of racial and gender-based inequalities in society, the Pew Research Center found.

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Individuals who are among the top 10 per cent most active tweeters also differ from those who tweet rarely in ways that go beyond the volume of content they produce.

Compared with other US adults on Twitter, they are much more likely to be women and more likely to say they regularly tweet about politics, the study said. (IANS)



Japan's former Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, and her husband Kei Komuro, look at each other during a press conference to announce their marriage at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 26, 2021

The niece of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, Princess Mako, married a commoner Tuesday, relinquishing her royal status following a heavily scrutinized, controversial four-year engagement.

The Japanese Imperial Household Agency issued a statement announcing the marriage of Mako to Kei Komuro, both 30 years old.

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This photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation

WASHINGTON — U.S. federal law enforcement agencies and Europol announced dozens of arrests to break up a global operation that sold illegal drugs using a shadowy realm of the internet.

At a Department of Justice news conference Tuesday in Washington, officials said they arrested 150 people for allegedly selling illicit drugs, including fake prescription opioids and cocaine, over the so-called darknet. Those charged are alleged to have carried out tens of thousands of illegal sales using a part of the internet that is accessible only by using specialized anonymity tools.

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Currently, when users set up WhatsApp Pay in India, the service only verifies the phone number linked to your bank account to enable UPI-based transactions

Facebook-owned WhatsApp may soon ask users to verify their identity to make payments on the platform. According to XDA Developers, new strings spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta release suggest that the messenger will require users to upload verification documents to continue using payments on WhatsApp. Currently, when users set up WhatsApp Pay in India, the service only verifies the phone number linked to your bank account to enable UPI-based transactions. In Brazil, the messenger uses Facebook Pay to validate users' credit or debit cards to facilitate payments.

At the moment, the service doesn't require users to submit any identity verification documents to make payments. However, that might change soon, the report said. WhatsApp v2.21.22.6 beta includes a few new strings which suggest that users might have to submit identity verification documents to continue using payments.

The identity verification might be limited to those who use WhatsApp Pay to receive payments for their businesses. UPI-based apps, like Google Pay, PhonePe and even WhatsApp Pay don't require users to submit any documents to transfer or receive money. However, wallet apps like PayTM do ask for KYC verification as per RBI guidelines.

WhatsApp is yet to make an official announcement regarding this change. Since the new strings have just made their way to the beta version, it might be a while before the company reveals any details, the report said. (IANS/ MBI)

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