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Twitter will hold its second annual Flight developer conference in San Francisco on October 21

Twitter Flight
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In September, Twitter announced it was organizing a new annual conference aimed around mobile app development. Today, the company has revealed when the 2015 edition will be held. Twitter Flight will be on October 21, 2015 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Center and will include two new technical tracks, as well as an update on its data platform and API.

The company says that developers will hear from Twitter executives and members of its product team to find out the latest in how it’s supporting the ecosystem. Three tracks of technical sessions will also be on the agenda, such as a deep-dive session on Gnip, the enterprise data platform company Twitter acquired for $134 million in 2014, and Fabric; technical and behind-the-scenes “lightning talks”; and more.

At last year’s Flight conference, Twitter unveiled Fabric, a new modular software development kit that features three SDKs to allow developers to tap into more platform services, its ad network MoPub, and its crash reporting platform Crashlytics. Then-CEO Dick Costolo also unveiled Twitter Kit, a way for developers to integrate “Sign in with Twitter” functionality and more into their apps.

This year’s Flight conference is certainly an important one, as it will be the first time with its new CEO (or at least an interim one). It also comes at a time when the company is looking for ways to keep users on its service, while also finding the right way to define itself. Developers have always been a group Twitter has sought to woo; even though there were some tough times now and then, Twitter needs them to help shape how the company will look in the future. It certainly can’t do it on its own — Wall Street knows this.

Developers will need to apply for a spot at Twitter Flight. To do so, visit the conference website for more information.

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Twitter Probably Ditched Your Sweet Background To Make Ads Look Better

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Twitter Organizes Its Disjointed Online Safety Initiatives With The Launch Of Its “Safety Center”

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Twitter hopes its new Safety Center will help curb harassment

Screenshot of Twitter Safety Center
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Twitter has launched a new resource to help its users be safer on the social network. Through its Safety Center, the company aims to educate anyone about online safety, both on Twitter and beyond and be a “good digital citizen.”

It’s not surprising that Twitter has been working to beef up its safety record. The service has been criticized by many over its handling of abusive tweets and trolls. Case in point: last summer, Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda was the victim of abusive and visually disturbing tweets following the death of the famed actor. Another example is with how Gamergate once targeted Brianna Wu. Twitter has acknowledged that it has to do better with then-CEO Dick Costolo admitting: “We suck at dealing with abuse.

Since then, Twitter has released new features designed to combat the hate, such as a way users can report threatening tweets to law enforcement. It has also updated its abuse policy and limited the reach of violent tweets.

The company says that its Safety Center is organized around its tools and policies to ensure the protection of its users, especially with teens, parents, and educators. In the coming weeks, Twitter says that it’ll be translating content on its Safety Center into “some of the most-used languages” on the site.

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Introducing this site is very important for Twitter, especially as it battles against this harassment threat among users and also by Wall Street, which has been very demanding of the company to grow its usage numbers. But in order for the company to demonstrate that investors should sink their money into the company, it must also showcase that it’s doing something to ensure that the community is a safe one and there’s incentive for users to come back repeatedly.

While this is good, will this assuage users’ concerns about there being more tools to help combat against the hate?


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