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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams steps down from board

FILE PHOTO: Twitter co-founder Evan Williams speaks on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse in San Francisco, California September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday one of its co-founders, Evan Williams, will be stepping down as a member of its board at the end of the month. Williams, who also announced the move in a series of tweets, is currently the chief executive officer of online publishing website Medium and had also served as the CEO of…

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Twitter launches political ad tracking tools in Europe ahead of key EU polls

FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Twitter on Tuesday rolled out tools in Europe which will make it easier for voters to identify political campaign ads tied to crucial European Parliament elections in May amidst fears of Russian disinformation campaigns and threats of regulatory action. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have come under pressure to do more to combat fake…

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Elon Musk named as Twitter boss favourite

Image copyright Getty/Reuters Image caption Mr Musk (left) is Mr Dorsey’s favourite, despite some rather controversial tweets Elon Musk has been named as Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s favourite tweeter in an interview about how to tackle abuse. The singling out of the Tesla boss has raised eyebrows because Mr Musk’s tweets have often proved controversial. One tweet about taking Tesla private saw him lose his job as chairman, while another has led to a defamation case. In the live-tweeted interview, Mr Dorsey also said that the way the social network…

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Twitter CEO says his and other tech firms have not combated abuse enough

FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo (Reuters) – Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on Tuesday that Silicon Valley companies, including his own, have not done enough to protect victims of online abuse, calling it a “huge fail.” Interviewed via Twitter by Kara Swisher, co-founder of the tech news site Recode, Dorsey tweeted that he would give himself a ‘C’ grade for…

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India parliament panel says to summon Twitter chief on February 25

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – An Indian parliamentary panel is summoning Twitter Inc’s chief executive to appear before it later this month, after he did not attend a hearing on Monday to discuss citizens’ rights on social media. FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo The parliamentary committee on information technology (IT) has decided to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Feb. 25, panel chairman…

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Twitter shares drop 10% as revenue outlook disappoints

Image copyright Reuters Shares in Twitter have fallen 10% after the social media company’s revenue forecast fell short of expectations. Revenue for the first quarter of 2019 is now expected to be between $715m and $775m, below analysts’ forecasts. Twitter also warned that its operating costs could rise 20% in 2019. The share fall came despite the company reporting profits of $255m (£197m) for the final quarter of 2018, more than double the $91m profit it made a year earlier, as advertising revenues grew. The rising costs come as social…

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Twitter shares sink after weaker-than-expected revenue forecast

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Thursday revenue in the first quarter would be weaker than expected while full-year operating costs would rise, sending shares down more than 7 percent in premarket trading. FILE PHOTO – A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Investors’ concerns over the weak forecast overshadowed strong fourth-quarter results for the social media company that included a 24 percent jump in total revenue, helped by growth in its video advertising business. Monthly active users…

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Ellie Yarrow-Sanders: Judge’s Twitter plea to missing mum

Image copyright Patrick Sheridan/PA Image caption Ellie Yarrow-Sanders disappeared with her son Olly Sheridan in July A High Court judge has used Twitter to urge a mother who vanished with her three-year-old son to return home. Ellie Yarrow-Sanders, 26, disappeared with Olly Sheridan in July after becoming involved in family court litigation with her ex-partner Patrick Sheridan. Mr Justice Williams, who sent the tweet, is overseeing the case in the Family Division of the High Court. It is thought to be the first time a judge has used Twitter in…

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Irish data watchdog investigates Twitter over privacy rules breach

FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo DUBLIN (Reuters) – Twitter’s lead regulator in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), said on Friday it was investigating the company for a breach notification received from the social networking site. “The DPC has this week opened a new statutory inquiry into the latest data breach it received from Twitter on 8 January, 2019,” said the Commission in a statement posted on its website. “This inquiry will examine a discreet issue…

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Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twitter said it did not know how many people had their private messages exposed Private tweets sent by users of Twitter’s Android app could have been exposed publicly for years. Twitter said it had discovered a security flaw which meant “protected” tweets became public when some changes were made to accounts. Anyone who updated the email address linked to their account between November 2014 and January 2019 could have had messages exposed, it said. Twitter said it had started to let affected users know about…

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