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Ahead of US elections, Twitter will start labeling manipulated videos to combat misinformation

Social networks have proven to be breeding grounds for the spread of misinformation campaigns, especially in the months and weeks leading up to major elections. Over the last few years, in particular, the issues have been getting worse. With the 2020 US elections inching closer, Twitter has decided to introduce a new policy to combat these problems by labeling and removing deceptive and manipulated media on its platform starting March 5.

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Twitter patches crash-prone Android app (Updated)

Twitter has had a long night after releasing a bugged-out update for its Android app. We have the details on that small saga as well as a fix that's rolling out right now.

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Twitter testing 'continue thread' option to keep your last tweetstorm rolling

Twitter, the microblogging platform that rose to social media fame in 2006, is known for testing out features with controlled groups of users before pushing them out to the public at large. Just this year, the app tried out conversation subscriptions and followable topics, neither of which have been rolled out en masse just yet. Now it appears Twitter is testing another small feature that allows some users to quickly continue a previous conversation thread from within the main tweet composer.

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Twitter will begin deleting inactive accounts next month (Update: Further clarification)

Your Twitter follower count might take a nosedive next month. That's when the company says it will begin a purge of inactive accounts, ostensibly because it needs people to agree to its new privacy policy. However, it will have the added benefit of freeing up usernames.

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Malicious third-party SDKs obtained personal data from millions of Twitter and Facebook users on Android

Twitter and Facebook have both been targeted by malicious mobile SDKs on Android that accessed personal data, such as email addresses and user names. The companies have since informed Google about the issue, and Facebook sent cease and desist letters to the data collection firms behind the SDKs, oneAudience and MobiBurn.

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(Update: Available worldwide) Twitter lets US users hide replies in their threads

Social media can be thought of as an ant colony: if you want to introduce a new factor in how people can or can't communicate with each other, you should probably test it out with a sequestered region before introducing it to the whole place. Such was the case as Twitter began testing hidden replies in Canada beginning in July. Today, it is expanding that test to Japan and the United States.

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Twitter rolls out Topics to let you follow subjects, instead of just people

Twitter can be a confusing place for those used to services like Facebook, given its limited content discovery options. Such shortcomings have held the platform’s user count to a few hundred million, while its peers are sailing in the billion-user territory. The Explore tab tries to address this, but we all know how useful its suggestions can be. With Topics, the microblogging service wants you to take control of the subjects you wish to follow, without having to go through the tedious process of finding individual accounts.

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[Update: Available for all] Twitter for Android adds OLED-friendly 'lights out' mode in latest alpha

Twitter joined the night-mode party way back in 2016 with an option to darken the app’s blindingly white background to a more comforting tone of blue. It surely worked back then, but with the recently renewed fad of OS-wide dark modes, Twitter’s implementation pales in comparison. This is supposedly changing soon as the company has begun testing "lights out" mode for its Android app.

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[Update: Delayed] Twitter shares some love with AMOLED users with true-black dark mode

Twitter was amongst the early ones to release a night mode for its app. However, even though it's been around since 2016, the interface uses shades of midnight blue rather than black, which might be easier on the eye but doesn't help save as much battery as turning the pixels off on AMOLED screens. The social media giant is now addressing this by rolling out a new "Lights out" option that lets you switch to true-black tones that not only look darker but also reduce power consumption on AMOLED panels.

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