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Twitter to Introduce Edit Tweet Feature

After several complaints about the need for an “Edit tweet feature”, Twitter finally announced that it will be introducing the most requested feature later this month.

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After several complaints about the need for an “Edit tweet feature”, Twitter finally announced that it will be introducing the most requested feature later this month.

The edit tweet feature, which is the most requested feature by tweeps is currently undergoing an internal testing phase but will first be accessible to Twitter Blue subscribers later this month.

Twitter Blue is an opt-in paid monthly subscription that offers exclusive access to premium features that let you customize your Twitter experience.

This means to have access to the Edit tweet feature, you’ll need to be a Twitter Blue subscriber which currently costs $4.99/per month.

The Edit tweet feature allows tweeps to fix text and add tags to a tweet within thirty minutes after tweeting. An edited tweet will have an icon and time stamp indicating the changes done to the tweet, and tweeps can click on the label to view the pre-edited and original version of the tweet.

According to the report, Twitter said, “It’s true, Edit Tweet is being tested by our team internally. The test will then be initially expanded to Twitter Blue subscribers in the coming weeks.

“Given that this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to both update you on our progress and give you a heads up that, even if you’re not in a test group, everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited.

“Edit Tweet is a feature that lets people make changes to their Tweet after it’s been published. Think of it as a short period to do things like fix typos, add missed tags, and more.

“For this test, Tweets will be edited a few times in the 30 minutes following their publication. Edited Tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label so it’s clear to readers that the original Tweet has been modified. 

“Tapping the label will take viewers to the Tweet’s Edit History, which includes past versions of the Tweet.

For context, the time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said.

“Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people might misuse the feature. You can never be too careful.

“Later this month, we’ll be expanding Edit Tweet access to Twitter Blue Subscribers. As part of their subscription, they receive early access to features and help us test them before they come to Twitter.

“The test will be localized to a single country at first and expand as we learn and observe how people use Edit Tweet. We’ll also be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets. 

“We’re hoping that, with the availability of Edit Tweet, Tweeting will feel more approachable and less stressful. You should be able to participate in the conversation in a way that makes sense to you, and we’ll keep working on ways that make it feel effortless to do just that.”

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Meta Partners With NAPTIP, Launches ‘AMBER Alert’ to Enable Faster Response Finding Missing Children

Meta has partnered with the National Agency For The Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to launch the ‘AMBER Alert’ program in Nigeria

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Facebook parent company Meta has partnered with the National Agency For The Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to launch the ‘AMBER Alert’ program in Nigeria to enable faster response in finding missing children as well as enhancing investigation and rescue efforts.

AMBER Alert is an emergency response system that disseminates information about a missing person (usually a child), through media broadcasting or electronic roadway signs.

It also helps with information sharing on Facebook and Instagram whenever a child goes missing. The alerts will include important details about the missing child such as location, photo, description, and other available information that will be provided which can be shared with friends to enhance widespread publicity.

The AMBER Alert Programme was Launched on Facebook in 2015, and since then has assisted in numerous successful child endangerment cases in the US and around the world.

Speaking on the launch of the program in Nigeria, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi said, “We are happy to be partnering with Meta to launch the AMBER Alert Programme on Facebook and Instagram to help ensure faster response in finding missing children.

“With these alerts, more people can be on the lookout for kids reported missing in their vicinity and report all leads to relevant authorities. NAPTIP cherishes every aspect of the intended collaboration and we are indeed glad to be on board with Meta to help find missing children in Nigeria.”

Also speaking at the launch event, Meta’s director of trust and safety, Emily Vacher said “The program is designed to include important information about the missing child such as a photo description, location of the abduction, and other relevant and available information to aid in immediately identifying the missing child.

“Already available across 28 countries globally, we are proud to partner with NAPTIP to make ‘Amber Alerts’ available in Nigeria — the second African country to join this program.

“When there is a reported case of a missing child, the most valuable thing one can do is share information as quickly as possible.

“By working with law enforcement in helping to share the right information with the right people, we hope that missing children will be safely reunited with their families faster.”

Following the launch of AMBER Alerts in Nigeria, Meta and NAPTIP will take out time to educate users on how to identify AMBER Alerts on their  Facebook and Instagram feeds, and also notify them on what to do when they see an alert.

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Twitch to Prohibit Gambling Sites From Livestreaming on Its Platform

Twitch has revealed its plan to crack down on gambling sites that are not licensed in the United States, or possess any jurisdiction that provides sufficient consumer protection to stream on its platform.

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Interactive live streaming service Twitch, has revealed its plan to crack down on gambling sites that are not licensed in the United States, or possess any jurisdiction that provides sufficient consumer protection to stream on its platform.

The ban which is reported to take effect on October 18th, was enforced after popular Twitch streamers threatened to stop streaming on the platform, which they took to Twitter with the hashtag #TwitchStopGambling which trended for some days.

Some streamers on the platform discussed a week-long boycott during the all-important holiday season, which is a peak period for ad sales on the platform.

Gambling is reported to have found a foothold on the platform where viewers watch streamers bet in cryptocurrency in online casinos. It is reported that users on Twitch watched about 244 million hours of gambling streams in the first half of 2022.

A popular streamer on the platform had admitted to using money borrowed from fellow streamers to fund a personal gambling addiction.

This confession is reported to have sparked a larger conversation about gambling streams on Twitch, which several online gambling companies use as a marketing tool to attract new users.

Millions of streamers on the platform called out the platform, stating that Gambling was causing a lot of damage to young Twitch users, which is bad for legitimate advertisers as it negatively impacts the quality of the whole site.

In a response to address the problem, Twitch issued a statement on Twitter where it stated the platfrom’s decision to update its policy on October 18th to prohibit unlicensed gambling sites.

Although, before the recent uproar as regards gambling on its platform, Twitch has been evaluating the presence of gambling streams for a while. It once banned affiliate and referral links to gambling sites in 2021.

However, the recent policy announcement does not mean Twitch is completely banning gambling, as sites offering slots and other games can still be streamed so long as they are licensed in the U.S.

In addition, Twitch clearly stated that “websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker” can still be streamed on the platform.

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Jury Orders Meta to Pay Voxer $175 M For Violation of Patent

Facebook parent company, Meta, has been ordered by a jury in Texas Federal court to pay $175 million to walkie-talkie app maker, Voxer, for violation of its patent.

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Facebook parent company, Meta, has been ordered by a jury in Texas Federal court to pay $175 million to walkie-talkie app maker, Voxer, for violation of its patent.

Voxer filed a lawsuit in 2020, where it accused Meta of violating its patents and incorporating its streaming technologies into its Facebook and Instagram live.

Voxer launched the Walkie-Talkie app in 2011, after which it was approached by Facebook about a potential collaboration.

By 2012, Voxer went ahead to share its patent portfolio and proprietary technology with Facebook, but when early meetings failed to result in an agreement, Facebook identified Voxer as a competitor.

According to the document filed in the court, Facebook had no live video or voice product at this time.

The social media giant company then went ahead to revoke Voxer’s access to key components of the Facebook platform, together with eradicating entry to the Discover Buddies” characteristic.

The lawsuit additionally states that the founder and Chairman of Voxer, Tom Katis had met with a senior product supervisor at Facebook to discuss about Meta’s infringement of Voxer’s patents, which was declined by the company, refusing a settlement with Voxer relating to its continuous use of its patent. 

The jury at the Texas federal court discovered that both Facebook and Instagram Live, launched in 2015, and 2016 respectively incorporated Voxer’s technologies and infringed two of its patents.

After much deliberation from the court, the jury concluded that Meta infringed two patents held by Voxer, and therefore awarded Voxer $175 million in damages.

Following this judgment, a Meta spokesperson disputed the claims filed in the lawsuit by Voxer, arguing that the proof introduced in the trial confirmed that Meta didn’t infringe on Voxer’s patents.

Meta’s spokesperson said, “We consider the proof at trial demonstrated that Meta didn’t infringe Voxer’s patents. We intend to hunt additional reduction, together with submitting an attraction.”

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