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Twitter to partner with Indian law agencies to curb fake news

The microblogging site is taking several steps to ensure authenticity in the run-up to the general elections

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Twitter is partnering with law enforcement agencies and regulators to curb fake news and prevent trolling on the social networking site ahead of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Taranjeet Singh, country director of Twitter India, said the microblogging site is taking several steps to ensure authenticity of posts in the run-up to the general elections, according to a report in  The Economic Times report.

"We are verifying and building capacities of political candidates so that there are verified accounts and users know who the right people are to follow or hear from. We are partnering with credible news outlets and media companies for coverage and livestreams," Singh told the paper. The technology firm expects a lot of conversations around the general elections as India is the largest democracy in the world.

In the recent Karnataka Assembly polls, Twitter recorded over three million mentions in three weeks between April 25 and May 15. Singh said Twitter's popularity has been growing as sectors like auto, banking and financial services and technology primarily pushed advertising growth for the platform locally.

Also read — Karnataka Elections 2018: Twitter sees over 3 million mentions of the polls

Twitter swung to a profit during the first quarter of the year as it recorded 53 percent jump in international revenue to USD 664.9 million from USD 548.3 million. For the three months ended March 31, Twitter earned USD 61 million, or 8 cents per share.

Singh further added that their news partners are really important for them as they bring in credibility and their own point of view in terms of coverage.

Twitter has also created emojis that would fuel more conversations. The company is planning to invest more as it sees India as one of the the fastest growing markets.

"We see great traction here in terms of user engagement. More and more brands are working with us. We are investing here for further growth," Singh said.
First Published on May 24, 2018 02:57 pm
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