Twitter: Accounts & Profiles

Facebook, Twitter grilled by Senate committee; Dorsey says company may label bots

via C-SPAN Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday appeared before a Senate committee to face questions over their companies’ failure to keep bad actors off of their platforms, allegations of bias against conservative content, and what they’re in fact doing to address lawmakers’ concerns. Google, which was also asked to testify, chose not …

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Twitter suggested accounts to unfollow, says it was part of an ‘incredibly’ limited test

Twitter confirmed this week it recently ran a test suggesting accounts to unfollow. The test lasted for only a few days, was applied to a small fraction of users, and has since ended, according to a report by Slate. Twitter would not comment on whether or not any brand accounts, or accounts belonging to high-profile …

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Facebook, Twitter & Google take down malicious content originating from Iran

Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s security teams are staying busy. All three companies reported this week that they had removed malicious items from their platforms that had originated in Iran — Facebook took down 652 Pages, groups and accounts, Twitter removed 284 accounts and Google disabled a total 42 YouTube channels, 16 Google+ accounts, six Blogger …

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Twitter shares how it ranks search results after being accused of shadow banning accounts

After being accused last week of “shadow banning” accounts — a deliberate move to hide an account’s content from everyone except the person who posted it — Twitter said it has since fixed a bug in its search system and shared insights into the ranking factors it uses for accounts in search results. Twitter says …

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Twitter tightens access to API platform & restricts number of daily actions an app can perform

Twitter is following through on its commitment to improve the health of its platform. Tuesday, the company announced that all new requests to access the company’s API platform will be required to apply for a developer account. It is also restricting the default number of apps registered to a single account to 10 and limiting …

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Twitter puts verification process work on hold to focus on elections integrity

rvlsoft / Shutterstock.com In March, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter intends to open verification to everyone as it works to improve the health of the platform. But, according to a recent update from Twitter’s new head of products, Kayvon Beykpour, the company is pausing its work on the verification process to give its full …

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