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TED 2019: Twitter boss offers to demote likes and follows

TED 2019: Twitter boss offers to demote likes and follows

Technology
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has again admitted there is much work to do to improve Twitter and cut down on the amount of abuse and misinformation on the platform.He said the firm might demote likes and follows, adding that in hindsight he would not have designed the platform to highlight these.He said that Twitter currently incentivised people "to post outrage".Instead he said it should invite people to unite around topics and communities."It may be best if it becomes an interest-based network," he told TED curators Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers.Rather than focus on following individual accounts, users could be encouraged to follow hashtags, trends and communities.Doing so would require a systematic change tha...
Tiger Woods: Masters win follows career doubts and changes children’s perspective

Tiger Woods: Masters win follows career doubts and changes children’s perspective

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Tiger Woods says his Masters triumph is "right up there" with his greatest achievements, having faced "serious doubts" he would ever contend again.Woods, 43, won a fifth Green Jacket at Augusta National on Sunday, his first major win in 11 years and a first since having four operations on his back.The 15-time major winner said he "could barely walk" before surgery and his children had seen golf cause "pain". "We're creating new memories for them and it's just very special," he said."I was very lucky to be given another cha...
Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Technology
Microsoft has become the last of the leading emoji providers to replace its image of a handgun with a toy.The firm has tweeted that it was "evolving" its designs to better reflect its values, and intended to substitute a graphic of a revolver with that of a water pistol.The announcement came shortly after Google revealed a similar move for the Android operating system's gun emoji.Apple, Samsung and Twitter have already made similar changes.Facebook has also committed itself to switching to a squirt gun.Apple led the way in 2016 in the wake of a series of shootings in the US.It was criticised at the time for deviating from the emoji standard, which ensures the symbols carry the same meaning across rival manufacturers' devices and apps."In the history of running Emojipedia, I have never seen...