That's the second Twitter executive to leave company this week. News 

Twitter’s Brand Safety and Ad Quality Chief Departs

Earlier this week, Ella Irwin, who was responsible for content moderation on Twitter, left the company, indicating further instability in the upper echelons of Twitter. The Wall Street Journal has now reported that A.J. Brown, who was responsible for brand safety and ad quality on the platform, has also decided to leave the company on Friday. Brown’s role involved ensuring that Twitter was a secure place for advertisers to place their ads. At present, there is no official explanation for her departure. Since Elon Musk’s takeover, Twitter has struggled to…

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As head of Trust and Safety, Irwin helped oversee Twitter’s policies on harassment, hate speech and violent content. (REUTERS) News 

Ella Irwin Departs Twitter After Serving as Head of Content Policy

Ella Irwin, who was responsible for content moderation and policy at Twitter, has resigned, depriving new owner Elon Musk of one of his most devoted aides. As director of trust and safety, Irwin helped oversee Twitter’s policies on harassment, hate speech and violent content — rules that have been relaxed under Musk. He was also heavily involved in account suspensions and often responded to Twitter users whose accounts were suspended. Irwin confirmed the departure, which was previously reported by Fortune, in an email. Current and former employees said Irwin has…

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Twitter has banned accounts in India for violating guidelines. (Bloomberg) News 

Over 25 Lakh Twitter Accounts Banned in India

According to its monthly report, Twitter has blocked over 2.5 million accounts in India between March 25 and April 26 for violating guidelines related to child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity. The microblogging platform has undergone numerous changes related to content, moderation, and verification since Elon Musk took over. In February, Twitter announced modifications to its guidelines that allowed suspended accounts to appeal and be evaluated under new criteria for reinstatement. Accounts are banned In addition to banning a record 25 accounts for violating pedophile and nudity rules, Twitter also…

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The change could help people identify AI-generated media. News 

Twitter started testing community feedback on misleading images

As AI-generated images and videos become more visible on Twitter, the company is testing a new feature that could make it easier for people to identify potentially “misleading” media. The company is experimenting with community notes for the media, which checks information collected from the public against specific photos and videos. This feature allows community note writers with high enough ratings to annotate images shared in Tweets. Like annotations in tweets, stickers can add “context” to images, such as indicating whether an image was created with synthetic artificial intelligence or…

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A former public relations firm for Twitter sued the social media company on Friday, saying it has not paid its bills since Elon Musk's $44 billion buyout. News 

Twitter not paying PR firm’s bills after Elon Musk buyout: Report

(Reuters) – A former Twitter relations firm sued the social media company on Friday, saying it had failed to pay its bills since Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout. Joel Frank said Twitter owes $830,498, which consists of six unpaid invoices and subpoena costs in Twitter’s lawsuit to force Musk to complete the deal after he tried to back out. The PR firm said Twitter terminated its contract on Nov. 16, three weeks after the deal closed, and no longer communicates about its payment request other than an automatic promise to…

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Musk shared a screenshot where the Twitter app was seen taking 9.52GB space on a phone. News 

Elon Musk says “sorry” Twitter takes up so much space on phones

Elon Musk, the outgoing CEO of Twitter, apologized to users on Sunday that his platform takes up extra space on smartphones. Musk shared a screenshot where the Twitter app was seen taking up 9.52GB of space on the phone. “Sorry, this app takes up a lot of space,” he commented in a tweet. According to Musk, Twitter usage has gone “ballistic” since the changes he made to the platform, and the “digital town square” has a lot of engagement. In March, Musk said the platform was growing rapidly. He wrote…

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Elon Musk-run Twitter has launched a new API (Application Programming Interface) tier called -- "Twitter API Pro" for startups that costs $5,000 per month. News 

Twitter launches a new application subscription level for beginners, pay $ 5,000 per month

Elon Musk-Run Twitter has launched a new (application programming interface) level called “Twitter API Pro” startup companies that cost $ 5,000 per month. With the help of the level, developers can apply for one million tweets per month, by mail 3.00,000 tweets per month and get access to the entire archive search point. “Today we are launching a new level of admission, Twitter API,” Twitter Dev tweeted on Thursday. “Try, build and scale your business for 1 million tweets per month, including effective real -time filtered/stream and full archive search…

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Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode shrinks a video into a small player so users can keep watching while using other apps on their mobile devices. News 

Twitter adds 15-second forward, back buttons and an image in video playback mode

Twitter boss Elon Musk has said the microblogging platform will add 15-second forward and backward search buttons during video playback, as well as a picture-in-picture mode that users can view while scrolling. Responding on Twitter to a user who asked Musk to add 15-second forward and backward search buttons, he said: “Coming next week, in one picture-in-picture so you can watch while scrolling.” Picture in Picture (PiP) mode shrinks the video into a small player so users can continue watching while using other apps on their mobile devices. Additionally, these…

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The Facebook parent is testing the product with influencers and some creators, according to the report News 

Instagram challenges Twitter with a new text-based app

Meta Platforms’ Instagram plans to launch a text-based app to compete with Twitter and could debut as early as June, Bloomberg News reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the Facebook parent is testing the product with influencers and some creators. The company did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment. Meta has reached out to talent agencies and celebrities to gauge their interest in trying out an early version of the app that will integrate with Instagram, Alex Heath, a Verge reporter, said…

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Last month, Microsoft told customers of its advertising platform that it would remove Twitter from the platform News 

Twitter accuses Microsoft of misusing its data: Report

Twitter sent Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella a letter accusing the tech giant of misusing the social media company’s data, the New York Times (NYT) reported Thursday. Twitter has accused Microsoft of violating the data agreement and refusing to pay for its use, according to a letter reviewed by NYT. The letter alleges that Microsoft exceeded its authorized use of Twitter data in certain cases and shared it with government agencies without permission. Twitter on Thursday sent a letter to Microsoft’s chief executive, accusing the tech giant of improperly using the…

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The appointment of Linda Yaccarino, former Chairman of Global Advertising and Partnerships at NBC Universal, as Twitter CEO will free Elon Musk to devote more to Tesla and bring it back on course. News 

Elon Musk Says Appointing Linda Yaccarino as Twitter’s New CEO Lets Him Focus on Tesla

Appointing Linda Yaccarino, former president of Global Advertising and Partnerships at NBC Universal, as CEO of Twitter frees up Elon Musk to devote more time to Tesla and get it back on course. Musk’s role will now shift to director and chief technology officer to “oversee product, software and systems operations.” “Bringing Linda in will allow me to devote more time to Tesla, which is exactly what I plan to do,” Musk said Saturday. Tesla’s operating profit fell 24 percent to $2.7 billion in the first quarter of 2023 as…

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Twitter then responded at that time by deactivating all verified accounts and disabling the tweet feature in an attempt to target the hackers. News 

Hacker who took over Biden, Elon Musk’s Twitter accounts plead guilty

A UK national accused of hacking Twitter accounts as part of a Bitcoin scheme has pleaded guilty to cyber surveillance and computer hacking that targeted several high-profile social media accounts, including the July 2020 Twitter hack. Joseph James O’Connor, aka PlugwalkJoe, 23, was extradited from Spain to the United States last month, where he was awaiting trial on charges of harassing, threatening and extorting victims. According to Gizmodo, O’Connor was first arrested in 2021 for trying to control 130 Twitter accounts, including US President Joe Biden, American socialite and model…

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As Twitter continues to roll out the feature, it will be interesting to see how users respond and whether the company will address the current limitations. News 

Twitter Releases Encrypted DMs for These Users: Everything You Need to Know

Popular microblogging platform Twitter has started rolling out its long-awaited encrypted direct messaging (DM) feature, offering users greater privacy and security when communicating through the platform. According to the company, in order to send and receive encrypted messages, both the sender and recipient must be “verified users” or affiliates of a “verified organization.” It is unclear if the encryption will be an exclusive feature for blue tick users or if it will be available to all users during early rollout. The feature has some limitations that you should be aware…

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Out of the 1,50,000 early adopters of Twitter Blue, only 68,157 have continued to pay for their subscriptions—suggesting that the churn rate for Twitter Blue is abysmal at best, with only 54.5% of initial subscribers still using the service. News 

Twitter Blue struggles to retain subscribers as users struggle to find value: Report

The revamped Twitter Blue has been around for almost six months – it comes with blue checkmarks, the ability to edit tweets and many other benefits. But according to Mashable, Elon Musk’s Twitter has only found 6,40,000 paying subscribers on it. While this is far from what Elon Musk would have hoped for, of Twitter Blue’s 1,50,000 early adopters, Twitter only had about 68,157 paying subscribers as of April 30. “About 1,50,000 users had subscribed to Twitter Blue — which covers Blue Verified — at the time of the break,”…

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Twitter backtracks on decision to make API paywall paid, offers free access to emergency and transportation services after criticism. News 

Twitter allows free API access for emergency and transport services: what it means

Twitter on Wednesday reversed its decision to put its application programming interface (API) behind a paywall and allow emergency and transportation service providers to use the APIs for free. Twitter announced in February that it would end free access to its API and instead release a paid version for developers worldwide. After the controversial decision, several emergency and transportation accounts faced problems sending alerts to the platform. The US Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) also experienced disruptions to their API connections. Now the Elon Musk-run…

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Multiple users have reported that this method works on both the Twitter app and the web, but there are some limitations to this hack News 

Twitter Blue Check: Bring back the lost Twitter blue check mark temporarily with this hack

If you lost your verified blue checkmark on Twitter, it may be possible to temporarily restore it. There is a hack around that allows Twitter users to temporarily regain their blue check verification status. Several users have reported that this method works both on the Twitter app and online, but this hack has some limitations. First, the blue tick disappears if the user updates their profile or closes the app. Second, the blue tick is visible only to the user himself, not to other Twitter users. It’s unclear why this…

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"Rolling out next month, this platform will allow media publishers to charge users on a per article basis with one click," Musk said. News 

Twitter will let media publishers charge users for reading articles next month, Elon Musk says

Twitter will now allow media publishers to charge users for reading articles on the social media platform starting next month, the company’s CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday. Billionaire owner Musk announced the new initiative on Twitter, calling it a “win-win” for both media organizations and the public. “Launching next month, the platform will allow media publishers to charge users per article with one click,” Musk said. “This allows users who wouldn’t subscribe monthly to pay a higher article price when they want to read the occasional article,” he added.…

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Musk has been bringing in changes at Twitter to boost revenue after the platform saw advertising income drop last year News 

Elon Musk’s Twitter cuts content subscriptions by 10 percent after 12 months

Twitter Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday that the social media platform will cut content subscriptions by 10% after the first year, as the company looks to monetize content on the website in an effort to diversify its revenue streams. Earlier this month, billionaire owner Musk said social media users could offer their followers subscriptions to content, including long-form text and hours of video. He had also said that the company would not take cuts in content subscriptions for the first 12 months. Musk has brought changes to…

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This development might give special attention to people who have had their accounts verified. News 

Twitter prioritizes “verified” accounts, says CEO Elon Musk

Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday that verified accounts on the microblogging site are now a priority. “Verified accounts are now prioritized,” he tweeted. This development may draw special attention to people whose accounts have been verified. For example, if your account is verified, people viewing Twitter are more likely to see your posts. Last week, Musk removed all old verified accounts with a blue checkmark. American actor Charlie Sheen publicly asked Musk to return his blue Twitter checkmark. Sheen, like thousands of others, lost his official verification badge…

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Twitter influencers are hailing the chatbot to pose a challenge to the existing offerings from industry giants such as Microsoft and Google. News 

Elon Musk’s TruthGPT sparks spark among Twitter influencers

Elon Musk’s announcement of an AI-powered chatbot called TruthGPT, a ChatGPT alternative, has generated considerable buzz among Twitter influencers, as evidenced by a sharp increase in conversations in the third week of April 2023, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData. “Twitter influencers are hailing the chatbot to challenge existing offerings from industry giants like Microsoft and Google,” said Smitarani Tripathy, social media analyst at GlobalData. “Many influencers hope that Musk will create a human-centered AI model that prioritizes ethical considerations and drives the betterment of humanity, ultimately shaping…

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