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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter is preparing an option for users to go back to its original chronological news feed, responding to complaints about its algorithmic system implemented two years ago.

In a series of tweets late Monday, Twitter told users it was "working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline."

The short-message social network said it still believes most users will want to see the "best" tweets at the top of their feed but will allow people to switch based on their preference.

"We've learned that when showing the best tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful," the San Francisco company said.

"However, we've heard feedback from people who at times prefer to see the most recent tweets."

After years of operating with a chronological timeline, Twitter began in 2016 to follow the lead of Facebook in using algorithms to offer what it deemed to be the most relevant messages for users as part of an effort to stimulate growth and engagement.

But it acknowledged Monday that some users don't like this approach.

"Our goal with the timeline is to balance showing you the most recent tweets with the best tweets you're likely to care about, but we don't always get this balance right," the company tweeted.

"So, we're working on providing you with an easily accessible way to switch between a timeline of tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest tweets. You'll see us test this in the coming weeks."

Twitter and other social networks have faced criticism in recent weeks including from President Donald Trump that they suppress some messages based on political bias. The company has denied the allegations.

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter, one of the most popular micro-blogging platforms, will now show live streams and broadcasts right on top of the timeline. The new feature will include breaking news, personalities, and sports.

“We’re making it easier to find and watch live broadcasts. Now, when accounts you follow go live, the stream will appear right at the top of your timeline,” informed Twitter by tweet.

“Catch breaking news, your favourite personalities, and can’t-miss sports moments. Rolling out now on iOS and Android,” said the company.

Twitter has also launched an audio-only broadcasting feature so the followers can hear, but not see the user.

The new feature is currently available publicly for all iOS users of the main Twitter app and its live-streaming app Periscope.

According to a report in TechCrunch, among the updates, Twitter said it is now “also supporting audio-only live broadcasts, as well as through its sister broadcast service Periscope”.

Twitter had, last month, discontinued its app for iOS 9 and lower versions.

To use the ‘audio-only broadcast’ option, users need to update their app and go to the ‘Go Live’ button on the compose screen.

On November 7, 2017, Twitter had doubled the tweet limit to 280 characters from the original 140 characters.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter has launched an audio-only broadcasting feature so your followers can hear, but not see you.

The new feature announced recently is currenly publicly available for all iOS users of the main Twitter app and its live-streaming app Periscope, The Verge reported.

To use the "audio-only broadcast" option, users need to update their app and go to the "Go Live" button on the compose screen.

The addition of this feature can be seen as an attempt by Twitter to reorient the purpose of its live-streaming platform towards live podcasting and other audio-first content, the report said.

Given how big a business that podcast industry is becoming, it makes sense that Twitter would want a fair share of it. The microblogging site is also testing a redesign that adds the "Explore" tab and Bookmarks to the desktop site, along with some other features.

The features are currently available only for a small number of users.

"Love to use Bookmarks and want it on web? Into scrolling through Explore to see what's happening? We are testing out a new Twitter for web, which a small number of people will see today. Love it? Missing something? Reply and tell us. Don't have the new experience? Stay tuned," Twitter said.

The Explore tab pulls together Moments, trends, search and more to give you a broad sense of what's going on at a given time, Engadget reported.

WASHINGTON, Sept 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Two-thirds of American adults get at least some of their news from social media, even though many are sceptical about the accuracy of that information, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The Pew Research Centre report found 68 per cent said they used social networks for news, with 20 per cent saying they got information “often” from those services including Facebook and Twitter.

The percentages were largely unchanged from a year ago despite heightened scrutiny over misinformation and manipulation of online platforms, including by foreign actors.

More than half of those surveyed — 57 per cent — said they expect the news they see on social media to be “largely inaccurate,” according to Pew.

Still, most respondents said getting news this way has made little difference in their understanding of current events — 36 per cent said it helped their understanding of current events while 15 per cent said it made them “more confused.”

The survey comes with social networks under intense scrutiny as they become more important “gatekeepers” of news, with President Donald Trump and his allies recently accusing tech firms of political bias.

In the Pew survey, only 11 per cent of respondents said news on social media was “too biased” while 10 per cent said the information was “low quality.”

Concerns about accuracy were more prevalent among Republicans, with 72 per cent expressing this concern, compared with 46 per cent of Democrats and 52 per cent of independents.

An estimated 67 per cent of Facebook’s users get news there, as do 71 per cent of Twitter users and 73 per cent of Reddit users. But because Facebook’s overall user base is much larger, far more Americans overall get news on Facebook than on other sites.

Smaller percentages get news from other online platforms such as YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and WhatsApp, according to the report.

Pew surveyed 4,581 US adults between July 30 and August 12, with an estimated margin of error for the full sample of 2.5 percentage points.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 7, 2018 (News Wires) - Top Facebook and Twitter executives told lawmakers they had no immediate plans to enter China, which has blocked the US-based social networks.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg dismissed any speculation that the leading platform was planning anything for China despite several high-profile visits there by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Sandberg said reaching China's large population would be important to Facebook's mission of connecting the world but added that “in order to go into China, we would have to be able to do so in keeping with our values, and that's not possible right now.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, appearing at the same Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, said in response to a question that his company has no plans to move into China either.

BRUSSELS, July 31, 2018 (News Wires) - Google, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc have taken significant steps to expunge terrorist content from their platforms.

But taking no chances, the European Union is set to propose a tough new law anyway - threatening internet platforms, big and small, with fines if they fail to take down terrorist material, according to people familiar with the proposals that could be unveiled as soon as September.

While the details of the measures are still being thrashed out, they would likely be based on the EU guidance from earlier this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t yet public.

The EU in March issued guidelines giving Internet companies an hour from notification by authorities to wipe material such as gruesome beheading videos and other terror content from their services, or face possible legislation if they fail to do so.

“It’s true that the positive role that some of the big companies are playing today is incomparable to the situation three years ago,” said Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s anti-terrorism czar.

“But so is the scale, breadth and complexity of the problem.” An additional step in the response is “essential,” he said, given the diverse online aspects of the recent attacks in Europe.

Large tech firms say they’ve been making big strides in the fight to wipe terror propaganda, videos and other messages from their sites, partly thanks to automated tools that in some cases can detect such content before users even see it.

“We haven’t had any major incidents to rush legislation,” said Siada El Ramly, head of Edima, a European trade association representing online platforms including Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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