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Posts Tagged ‘privacy on Twitter’

Twitter To Implement Microsoft’s PhotoDNA System To Block Child Porn

The Guardian reported yesterday, in an exclusive from Twitter, that the social network will be introducing a tagging system to prevent child porn images being posted.

Unfortunately, the current Twitter ecosystem sees millions of child abuse pictures posted among the millions of tweets sent every day.

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Should I Protect My Profile On Twitter?

No. *

* That is, unless you’re a part of the witness protection program, have serious stalker issues (either way), like to criticise your boss, only want to chat to your ‘real’ friends, don’t want your boyfriend/girlfriend, mother/father, sister/brother, aunt/uncle obsessing over your every word, really hate people or generally have something to hide. In which case, that’s cool, but maybe you’d be better off with something like MSN or a very private Facebook account, as opposed to a medium which by definition lends itself to open engagement, participation and connection. Besides, you do realise that the people you approve can just copy and paste the things you say, right? Right?

5 Holes That Twitter Needs To Fill (And Soon)

Twitter’s had a torrid few months and continues to have problems with error rates and API calls, but that’s simply scratching the absolute tip of the bugs and issues iceberg.

Here are five big holes that Twitter needs to fill.

Staff

Twitter is clearly understaffed. The company is actively hiring – there are 39 vacancies at the time of writing – and that’s a good sign, but they really need to step it up.

The company has documented their void in engineering, but of equal concern is the size of their support team. @Delbius et al do the best they can, but more often than not support enquiries still get little more than an auto-responded list of frequently asked questions and a rapidly-closed ticket.

I’m not sure exactly how many of their 241 current employees work in support, but I do know that only three of the 39 vacancies are in this area. In both cases, it isn’t enough – only 11% of my readers rate Twitter’s support as good to excellent. A whopping 79% rate it as below average to terrible.

Better Privacy Solutions

As I’ve documented on various occasions on this blog, Twitter’s block is not actually a block at all. The only way to get true security on your updates is to make them private. There needs to be a middle ground.

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