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Free Software Movement of India’s Twitter handle locked

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Calling attention to data breach at e-grocery store is the alleged reason

Calling attention to data breach at e-grocery store is the alleged reason

Free Software Movement of India (FSMI)’s Twitter handle was locked over a tweet posted in December last year which sought Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)’s intervention to investigate a data breach reported at online grocery delivery service, Big Basket.

FSMI describes itself as a coalition of regional and sectoral free software movements with an aim to work towards e-literacy and bridging the digital divide based on free software. It is also working towards a policy change favouring free software.

According to FSMI general secretary Y. Kiran Chandra, FSMI, it was in November that the organisation had written to CERT-In, the nodal agency that responds to computer security incidents. Citing newspaper reports of the data breach, FSMI requested CERT-In to investigate the incident. However, when they did not receive a reply, a copy of the letter was tweeted around a month later. It is this tweet which led to Twitter locking the FSMI handle.

On March 30, reacting to locking of the account, Mr Chandra tweeted, “Twitter has locked out @fsmi_in’s account for publishing our letter to grievance officer @IndianCERT about data breach incident involving bigbasket. We did not publish any personal information and demand immediate restoration of the account. @fsmi_in @TwitterIndia (sic).”

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr Chandra maintained that no personal data was tweeted. “There is no private information in the tweet. Even after the appeal, Twitter hasn’t allowed access to the handle. We will gain access as soon as we delete the tweet. [But] We will not delete it as there is no private information in it. We have gone for an appeal. There is no response as yet. Twitter will have to come out clean and give the reason behind locking our account. People can still view the tweets in the account barring the one that Twitter has asked to delete,” he said.

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Twitter likely to roll out ‘Reactions’ feature soon

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After unveiling several features this year, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly readying new features, including Reactions, Downvotes and Sorted Replies for iOS users.

According to reverse engineer Nima Owji, the Reactions feature, which started being tested a couple of months ago, is set to launch soon, reports 9To5Mac.

With four new reactions, “tears of joy,” “thinking face,” “clapping hands” and “crying face,” this feature is designed to give users the ability to better show how conversations make them feel and to give users “a better understanding of how their Tweets are received”.

Citing the reverse engineer, the report also mentioned that the micro-blogging site is now able to store data about the downvotes feature, which is another indicator that this function will be released sooner rather than later.

The report also notes that the company changed the downvote position as well. It has even added a new tab explaining how downvotes work.

This month, the company has rolled out its in-app tipping feature to all Android users above the age of 18, following the iOS launch in September.

Twitter said the “Tips” feature is geared toward users looking to get a little financial support from their followers through Cash App, PayPal, Venmo and Patreon directly through the app.

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Elon Musk has sold more than half of the Tesla stock that Twitter informed him.

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Tesla shares have fallen 10% since Musk conducted a Tweet poll about the sale. They dropped more than 17% within the first few days following the Nov.

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Twitter Investigating Bug Causing Unexpected Logouts on iOS 15

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Twitter Support has acknowledged a bug causing unexpected account logouts on iOS 15, promising that its teams are working on a fix and that it’ll keep users updated on when it’s resolved.

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Posts on Twitter over the last several hours have shown users experiencing the bug, with some sharing frustrations that the app is requiring them to log back into Twitter upon every app launch. While some of the reports lack the specificity that the bug is happening on iOS devices, it seems likely to be the case following the acknowledgment from Twitter itself.

Hey @Twitter can you please make it so I don’t have to sign in every other freaking day? I never log out of my account yet I keep having to sign in. Thanks
— blueyosh (@hotorc97) November 24, 2021

WHY IS TWITTER LOGGING ME OUT OF ALL OF MY ACCS???? I HAVE 8 TWITTER ACCS AND DO YOU KNOW HOW HAED TO LOG IN ALL OF THEM???????? IVE BEEN DOING IT 2 TIME ALREADY SINCE OCTOBER
— kyle (@leeknowonIyfans) November 24, 2021

I almost got a heart attack when I tried to get in my Twitter and it wanted me to log in?? I never logged out 😭😩😭
— Enny Does It All❤ (@Queen_Enny19) November 24, 2021

Users impacted by the bug are advised to ensure they’re running the latest Twitter version from the App Store and monitor the company’s support account for updates.

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