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LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter Inc’s top executive didn’t slide by unscathed in the social-media site’s crackdown on fake followers.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet that he lost 200,000 followers, bringing his total down to four million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts.

On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal, policy, trust and safety, said the company would begin removing “locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.” Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.

In his tweet Thursday, Dorsey said, “Action on this starts today.”

The company recently said it’s identifying almost 10 million dubious accounts a week and is putting all accounts through a security check.

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the US presidential election.

Twitter shares fell 5 per cent on Monday on concern that removing millions of fake accounts would impede user growth. The stock gained 3.2 per cent.

GENEVA, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed on Tuesday.

The number of Trump’s followers has “more than doubled since taking office”, the study authors said.

With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts nearly 10 million more followers than third-place holder, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the latest “Twiplomacy” study by communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).

In terms of interactions with followers - in the form of likes and retweets - Trump’s lead is even more impressive, the study showed.

Over the past 12 months, the US president has had nearly 264.5 million interactions with his followers - more than five times more than runner-up Modi, and 12 times as many as Pope Francis, in third place.

However, in terms of retweets alone, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman easily dwarfs Trump.

Salman only tweeted 11 times between May 2017 and May 2018, but each of those tweets generated an average of 154,294 retweets, compared to just 20,319 retweets per Trump tweet, the study showed.

It also pointed out that the US State Department is the only US governmental department which does not follow the personal account of @realDonaldTrump.

At the same time, however, the State Department does follow the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

Tuesday’s report found that leaders around the world have jumped on the Twitter train, with the governments of only six countries - Laos, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, Swaziland and Turkmenistan - still lacking an official presence on the platform.

In Europe, British Prime Minister Theresa May was the most followed leader on Twitter over the past year, with the @10DowningStreet account counting nearly 5.6 million followers.

The British royal family came next with 3.6 million, followed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has nearly tripled his numbers since his election last year to over three million Twitter followers.

Queen Rania of Jordan ranks at the top of the twittersphere among Arab leaders with nearly 10.7 million followers, ahead of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohamed with over nine million followers, and King Salman on nearly seven million.

And Latin American governments are among the most prolific on twitter.  Venezuela’s foreign ministry sends out an average of 55 tweets each day over the past 12 months, according to the study.

While most world leaders and governments are growing their Twitter followings, there are exceptions.

According to the study, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian foreign ministry, and the Ukrainian foreign ministry have seen their number of followers decline significantly “after Twitter decided to cut down on fake followers and bot farms”.

BCW’s own review of 951 Twitter accounts showed that 125 of them, or 13 per cent, were currently dormant, 33 inactive and nine protected.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter has been suspending more than one million fake and dubious accounts per day, according to The Washington Post, in an aggressive bid to stem the flow of false information.

The social media platform has more than doubled its crackdown rate since late last year, the paper said, when testimony from Twitter, Facebook and Google revealed startling new data showing many more millions of Americans were exposed to fake news than previously thought.

Russia-linked fake accounts are believed to have fired off false tweets in an effort to sway the 2016 US presidential vote.

In recent years Twitter, which has some 336 million active users, has faced sharp criticism for allegedly not doing enough to control the proliferation of bots and trolls created to spread disinformation.

The new offensive against such accounts represents something of an ideological shift in the tech company; it had long abstained from policing potential abuses of the platform in the name of free speech.

Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president for trust and safety, told the Washington Post that the company is changing "how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else's speech."

"Free expression doesn't really mean much if people don't feel safe," Harvey told the paper.

Well-known Twitter fan Donald Trump meanwhile questioned whether the San Francisco-based company - which has not said whether the ongoing effort was behind a rare decline in its user base in the second quarter - would also target major legitimate news sources in its drive to root out false information.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2018 (News Wires) -Twitter has been suspending more than one million fake and dubious accounts per day, according to The Washington Post, in an aggressive bid to stem the flow of false information.

The social media platform has more than doubled its crackdown rate since late last year, the Post said, when testimony from Twitter, Facebook and Google revealed startling new data showing many more millions of Americans were exposed to fake news than previously thought.

Russia-linked fake accounts are believed to have fired off false tweets in an effort to sway the 2016 US presidential vote.

In recent years Twitter, which has some 336 million active users, has faced sharp criticism for allegedly not doing enough to control the proliferation of bots and trolls created to spread disinformation.

The new offensive against such accounts represents something of an ideological shift in the tech company; it had long abstained from policing potential abuses of the platform in the name of free speech.

Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president for trust and safety, told the Post that the company is changing "how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else's speech."

"Free expression doesn't really mean much if people don't feel safe," Harvey told the paper.

Well-known Twitter fan Donald Trump meanwhile questioned whether the San Francisco-based company -- which has not said whether the ongoing effort was behind a rare decline in its user base in the second quarter -- would also target major legitimate news sources in its drive to root out false information.

"Twitter is getting rid of fake accounts at a record pace," the US president tweeted. "Will that include the Failing New York Times and propaganda machine for Amazon, the Washington Post, who constantly quote anonymous sources that, in my opinion, don't exist -- They will both be out of business in 7 years!"

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter said it would revamp user timelines as part of an effort to deliver more news and personalised content, the latest effort to attract more users to the platform.

The new features shift further away from Twitter's original chronological feed and represent a stepped-up effort to be a destination to find news, especially breaking news.

“We are announcing a wide set of changes to make it easier to find and discover what is 'happening now' on Twitter - be it breaking news or events,” said consumer product team member Sriram Krishnan in a tweet.

“The goal is to make it easy to quickly find and follow the events and breaking news you care about on Twitter. Especially if you already don't have a well-curated timeline.”

The redesign builds on a feature called “Happening now” introduced last year to allow people to follow their favourite sports teams.

“We're now expanding this to include Tweets about breaking and personalised news,” said Twitter vice president Keith Coleman in a blog post.

“At the top of your timeline, you'll see news that's relevant to you along with the surrounding tweets and videos.”

Coleman said Twitter is also expanding news notifications for smartphone user who choose this.

“We've been sending breaking news notifications to keep people in the know, in the moment,” he said.

“Now we're experimenting with sending notifications to you based on your interests (like who you follow and what you tweet about), so you won't miss a beat.”

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter said it would revamp user timelines as part of an effort to deliver more news and personalised content, the latest effort to attract more users to the platform.

The new features shift further away from Twitter's original chronological feed and represent a stepped-up effort to be a destination to find news, especially breaking news.

“We are announcing a wide set of changes to make it easier to find and discover what is 'happening now' on Twitter - be it breaking news or events,” said consumer product team member Sriram Krishnan in a tweet.

“The goal is to make it easy to quickly find and follow the events and breaking news you care about on Twitter. Especially if you already don't have a well-curated timeline.”

The redesign builds on a feature called “Happening now” introduced last year to allow people to follow their favourite sports teams.

“We're now expanding this to include Tweets about breaking and personalised news,” said Twitter vice president Keith Coleman in a blog post.

“At the top of your timeline, you'll see news that's relevant to you along with the surrounding tweets and videos.”

Coleman said Twitter is also expanding news notifications for smartphone user who choose this.

“We've been sending breaking news notifications to keep people in the know, in the moment,” he said.

“Now we're experimenting with sending notifications to you based on your interests (like who you follow and what you tweet about), so you won't miss a beat.”

Twitter's news feature called Moments will be redesigned as well as a vertical feed instead of a horizontal one that requires swiping.

“In our tests of this new look, we saw significantly more people using and returning to Moments. So, we're starting to introduce this new vertical timeline experience for Moments,” Coleman said.

Twitter has developed a core base of celebrities, journalists and politicians but user growth has been sluggish compared with rival social networks.

In the first quarter it added a modest six million monthly active users to boost its total to 336 million, as it reported its second consecutive quarterly profit.

The move by Twitter follows actions by other internet platforms to more actively curate news and curb the spread of misinformation that proliferated, notably during the 2016 US election.

Chief executive Jack Dorsey said of the latest redesign: “This is happening. And really gets closer to what Twitter wants to be.”

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