Twitter disallows sharing of “private media” without consent

  • In an effort to make its anti-harassment policies more robust, Twitter has updated its private information policy to disallow users from posting photos and videos of private people without their permission.
  • The move comes a day after 37-year-old Parag Agrawal took over as the CEO, replacing co-founder Jack Dorsey.
  • While this does not mean that users uploading photos of private individuals will need to submit a consent form while posting, Twitter will take action when anyone reports a violation of the policy.

Twitter Sets up Dedicated Team to Focus on Cryptocurrency and Decentralized Apps

  • Twitter has set up a team to focus on “crypto, blockchains, and other decentralized technologies — including and going beyond cryptocurrencies.” led by Tess Rinearson
  • Initially, the team will explore how it can “support the growing interest among creators to use decentralized apps to manage virtual goods and currencies and to support their work and communities.”
  • The company will explore payments, ways for people to create content to earn crypto, and the “decentralization of social media.

The new Twitter upgrade will display full-sized photos.

  • Twitter will now offer full-sized images on its platform.
  • The update will get rid of the auto-cropping algorithm on its Android and iOS apps, which will allow users to view images in their entirety, on their timeline.
  • A new kind of surprise: show off more of your pic when you Tweet a single image.

Elon Musk should sell 10% of his Tesla stock, Twitter poll says

  • The majority of those who voted on Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter poll think he should sell ten percent of his company’s stock.
  • For the uninitiated, Musk recently got into a heated Twitter exchange with UN World Food Program chief David Beasley following a suggestion by the WFP, that billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk could donate a portion of their wealth to help end world hunger.
  • Finally, the world’s richest person on Saturday took to Twitter to survey his 62.6 million followers about whether he should sell ten percent of his stock in the electric car company.

Twitter is testing an official ‘soft block’ feature

  • Twitter has begun testing the first of its proposed suite of new privacy tools: the ability to remove a follower without blocking them.
  • Twitter’s new remove follower feature is more of a remote unfollow button, a gentler way to create some distance between you and someone else on Twitter.
  • Testing similar functionality as an official Twitter feature is an admission that it could probably be easier and that people could benefit from it.

Twitter may soon add Bitcoin, Ethereum addresses to profiles

  • Micro-blogging platform Twitter may soon develop a new functionality that will allow users to accept payments in Bitcoin and Ethereum via its Tip Jar feature.
  • Italian developer Alessandro Paluzzi tweeted screenshots showing that Twitter will allow influencers to add Ethereum and Bitcoin addresses to their Tip Jar accounts soon.
  • On August 31, the publication reported that the ability to add Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet addresses to Tip Jar accounts has been spotted on Twitter’s beta version as well.

Twitter launches Super Follows on iOS

  • People who don’t have the Super Follows feature can apply for a waitlist under the monetization tab in the Twitter app.
  • To be eligible, people need to have at least 10,000 followers, be at least 18 years old, have tweeted 25 times in the last 30 days, be in the US, and comply with Twitter’s Super Follows policy.
  • Twitter says it plans to add newsletters, anonymous subscriptions, exclusive Spaces, and Patreon-like subscription tiers to Super Follows.

A bug in Twitter’s new disappearing Tweet feature, Fleets does not enable the Fleets to disappear after the promised 24 hours

The bug will let anyone to access and download a user’s Fleets without triggering a notification that the user’s Fleet has been read and this bug could be used with an app, which communicates with Twitter’s back-end systems via its developer API.

Twitter had earlier said that even though the Fleets are designed to disappear completely, it could still hold on to them for 30 days if they violate their rules. That means using this flaw; a user can access and download Fleets with unique URLs from the server even after 24 hours.

 A Twitter user named @donk_enby detailed this happening in a series of tweets. Twitter says it is aware of this and is working to fix it.

Twitter issued notice by the Indian government for showing Leh as part of J&K ministry of Electronics and IT sent a notice to Twitter stating “showing Leh as part of J&K is a deliberate attempt by Twitter to undermine the will of sovereign Parliament of India which had declared Ladakh as a Union Territory of India with its headquarter in Leh”

Social Media Battle: Indians Use Facebook 2.4 Times More Than Twitter, Reveals Study

According to a study conducted by market research and business consultancy firm IMRB, Facebook has Pan-India presence and has almost 2.4 times more users in India than social micro blogging site Twitter and around 2 times more usage than video sharing website YouTube.


There are around 125 million Facebook users in India, whereas, there are only 23.2 million twitter users in India currently.

The study also revealed that 70 percent people on Facebook own a smartphone and 88 percent of them use a prepaid connection. 63 percent Facebook users in India have 3G while 38 percent use a 2G connection to access the social network.

The number of people on Facebook in the non-top eight metros is more than twice that of the top eight cities. Which means that number of people using Facebook in metro cities is only half of what people use in non-metro cities.

Android is the most popular operating system used by Indian to access Facebook, followed by iOS and windows.

A Small Change And Twitter (Site) Shares Declined By 11% [Data]

Twitter decided to drop support for ‘share counts’ in November, and the result?

Sharing activity to Twitter has declined by 11.28% since November—a study by Shareaholic finds out.

The team at Shareaholic analyzed sharing activity data generated across 300,000+ sites that were powered by their Content Amplification Platform. All the sites reach over 450 million unique visitors every month.

“Over the past few days, quite a few of you reached out wondering whether you should still keep the Twitter share button active on your site. Although early data suggests that there has been a decline in Twitter sharing activity, Twitter remains one of the most popular destinations for sharing content with over 320 million active users. For now we recommend keeping the Twitter Share Button active” said the study.



Govt Denies Having ‘Discreet Agreements’ With Facebook, Twitter For Access

The government today told the Delhi HC that its media wing and other IT departments comply with ‘standard agreements’ while using social platforms like facebook, twitter and YouTube—and not any other formal or discrete agreement.

A government said in an affidavit that “the standard agreements for use of social media have been accepted in ‘click and wrap’ mode and no other formal or separate agreement was signed as a part of account creating process.”

The DeitY submitted the affidavit after a PIL filed by former BJP leader K N Govindacharya raised questions on social media usage by the government.

The HC then ordered the government to submit details regarding agreements with social media platforms (facebook, twitter) that the govt uses.

The DeitY stated that the media wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was also using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms of social media for “information dissemination.”

What The PIL Pointed Out

Govindacharya’s advocate, Virag Gupta stated that the government could have contracts with social media platforms, and as per the contract, the govt. is “transferring/surrendering all intellectual property rights of the data being uploaded.”

The court had previously observed that when any content is uploaded on social media sites by the govt sources, the websites got a licence to the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the content without paying any royalty;

The court then asked the Centre whether it was aware of the development.


Flipkart Ropes In Former Twitter Executive Tarun Jain To Head Products Division

Flipkart has hired former Twitter executive Tarun Jain. In his new role, he will be responsible to head the products division of its advertising business.

Tarun Jain has relocated from San Francisco to Bangalore and will head business strategy, product division, execution, partnerships and customer adoption. He will report to entrepreneur-in-residence Ravi Garikipati and the ads business is headed by Flipkart’s Group CEO Sachin Bansal.

tarun Jain

Earlier, he worked with Google and was responsible building and scaling AdWords Express, Dynamic Ads, Google Offers and Google Shopping.

The company had earlier hired Google’s Surojit Chatterjee to head consumer experience. [source]

Twitter Launches Emoji For Make In India Campaign

Make in India initiative which was launched last year to accelerate foreign direct investment, now has its own Twitter emoji. It is the first non US brand which got a Twitter emoji to promote the campaign.

While tweeting with the hashtag #MakeInIndia, one will see an emoji of a black lion against an orange background. It will appear next to the hashtag in the tweet.

According to Twitter’s blogpost, the campaign has seen nearly 500 million impressions this year and received a large number of positive tweets from US, Japan and UK.