Tag Archives: twitter

China cracks down on Twitter users critical of its government

It won’t surprise you to hear that China keeps a tight lid on homegrown social networks, but it’s now doing more to stifle free expression on outside networks, too. The New York Times reported that Chinese law enforcement recently began a crackdown on residents who post criticism of the government on Twitter, even though the service is officially blocked inside the country. Police have threatened action, interrogated activists for hours and detained at least one person for 15 days.

And when officials demand that tweets disappear, they don’t necessarily take “no” for an answer. When human rights campaigner Wang Aizhong refused to delete his tweets, someone hijacked his account and deleted 3,000 of his messages. While there’s no confirmation of who was responsible, Wang put the blame on government-linked hackers who insisted on silencing him.
X

The likely aim, as you might imagine, is to maintain the ruling party’s authority and control the country’s image. China is happy to use Twitter and other foreign social networks to promote its official point of view, but doesn’t want its residents to challenge that view on those same networks. And unfortunately, that makes life even more difficult for activists who may lose access to one of their few remaining public outlets.

Twitter sunsets the ability to create Moments on mobile

Starting on October 23rd, you’ll have to go straight to Twitter’s website if you want to create a Moment. The platform has killed the ability to create Moments within the iOS and Android apps, because it’s apparently not seeing a lot of use. “When features aren’t used as often,” it explained on Twitter Support, “we’ll remove them, so we can focus on building other products you’ll love.”

Moments gives you a way to stitch multiple tweets (including ones with images and videos) together to tell a story, impart a message or provide event recaps. They’re curated stories that live within their own tab. Twitter didn’t explain why it’s spending time and energy pulling the feature out of the apps if it’s not seeing a lot of use in the first place. It’s possible that the company came to the conclusion that maintaining the feature for mobile would take too much effort and is more trouble than its worth.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/10/twitter-moments-on-mobile/

Twitter dismantles live-video unit in move to regional structure

Disagreements over Twitter’s live video strategy prompt change

Sources within Twitter claim the reorganization reflects differing opinions by top brass on how to delve into live premium programming. Some, like former COO Anthony Noto, were reportedly bullish on video to drive growth and user engagement while others such as CEO Jack Dorsey weren’t as thrilled about the strategy.

Twitter has reportedly dismantled its live-video business unit, the very one responsible for inking programming deals with outfits like Disney / ESPN, BuzzFeed and Major League Baseball. Responsibilities previously performed by this division will now fall under the banner of the content-partnerships team according to an internal memo obtained by Variety.

Sources within Twitter claim the reorganization reflects differing opinions by top brass on how to delve into live premium programming. Some, like former COO Anthony Noto, were reportedly bullish on video to drive growth and user engagement while others such as CEO Jack Dorsey weren’t as thrilled about the strategy.
Twitter has reportedly dismantled its live-video business unit, the very one responsible for inking programming deals with outfits like Disney / ESPN, BuzzFeed and Major League Baseball. Responsibilities previously performed by this division will now fall under the banner of the content-partnerships team according to an internal memo obtained by Variety.

The aforementioned memo, penned by Kay Madati, Twitter’s global head of content partnerships, outlines a new plan in which the global content partnerships team will be led by separate executives for five different regions: the US, Canada / Latin America, Europe / the Middle East / Africa, Asia-Pacific and Japan / Korea. Each division head will report directly to Madati, we’re told.

Madata served as the executive vice president and chief digital officer at BET before transitioning to Twitter last fall.

A representative for Twitter confirmed the changes with Variety and provided the following statement:

“Over the past year, our global content partnerships team has made significant progress in bringing the best selection of content to Twitter, helping our partners better extend, scale, market, and monetize. To further accelerate this positive momentum, we’re taking steps to streamline this organization to enable increased efficiency around the world and better align with our global strategy and vision.”

The internal memo also highlights a few management changes as Todd Swidler, head of global video partnerships, is leaving the company, as is Peter Greenberger, formerly the head of Twitter’s global news division. Laura Froelich has been appointed as the new head of U.S. partnerships while David Grossman gets the nod as head of U.S. entertainment.

 

Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/74925-twitter-dismantles-live-video-unit-move-regional-structure.html