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Twitter’s new CEO stresses commitment to free speech in her first thread

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Linda Yaccarino, the new CEO of Twitter, recently shared her vision for the platform. She emphasised the company’s commitment to free speech, a value shared by owner Elon Musk. Yaccarino aims to make Twitter the most accurate and real-time source of information, serving as a global hub for communication.

She believes that an unfiltered exchange of information and open dialogue are essential for societal progress. Yaccarino, previously the global advertising chief at NBCUniversal, acknowledges the challenges faced by Twitter, including declining engagement and concerns about hate speech.

One immediate challenge for Yaccarino is stabilising the ad business, as many companies have paused their ad campaigns due to concerns about offensive content. Additionally, high-level Twitter executives responsible for brand safety have recently left the company.

Yaccarino expressed optimism and a desire to build new partnerships, celebrate diverse voices, and change the world together. She sees an opportunity to transform Twitter into a platform that drives civilisation forward.

As the new CEO, Yaccarino is tasked with rebuilding Twitter’s ads business, which has struggled since Musk took over. She acknowledges the difficulty of the task but is determined to take it on.

While Yaccarino’s memo to employees, titled “Building Twitter 2.0 Together,” echoes Musk’s vision of Twitter as a global town square, she will be leading the company’s overall operations while Musk continues to oversee product and engineering teams.

Yaccarino’s appointment as CEO marks a new chapter for Twitter. She aims to prioritise free speech, improve engagement, and stabilise the ad business. Yaccarino’s optimism and determination will be crucial in steering Twitter towards a transformative future.

Twitter CEO’s first message to employees

Read Yaccarino’s full email to the employees of the social media platform below:

Building Twitter 2.0 Together

Hello Twitter!

People keep asking me: Why Twitter? So, I’ll tell you.

From space exploration to electric vehicles, Elon knew these industries needed transformation, so he did it. More recently it has become increasingly clear that the global town square needs transformation—to drive civilisation forward through the unfiltered exchange of information and open dialogue about the things that matter most to us.

Have you ever been talking with someone particularly insightful and thought, You’re brilliant—everybody should get the chance to hear this. Or, I’m learning so much from you—can we do this again? Or maybe it’s as simple as, You should have the freedom to speak your mind. We all should.

Enter Twitter 2.0.

Twitter is on a mission to become the world’s most accurate real-time information source and a global town square for communication.

We’re on the precipice of making history—and that’s not an empty promise. That’s OUR reality.

When you start by wrapping your arms around this powerful vision, literally everything is possible. You have to genuinely believe—and work hard for that belief. And in this moment of complete reinvention, we have the opportunity to reach across aisles, create new partnerships, celebrate new voices, and build something together that can change the world. And from what I can tell so far, you’re built for this.

The success of Twitter 2.0 is all of our responsibility.

We need to think big.

We need to transform.

We need to do it all together.

And we can do it all by starting from first principles – questioning our assumptions and building something new from the ground up. It’s rare to have the chance to put a new future into the hands of every person, partner, and creator on the planet.

That’s exactly why I’m here – with all of YOU.

So, let’s dig our heels in (4 inches or flat!) and build Twitter 2.0 together.

Linda

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Users of WhatsApp will soon be able to lock chats on connected devices.

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Even if they are locked on the main conversations, anybody can still access your private chats on a connected device. WhatsApp is currently working on adding Chat Lock capability to connected devices in order to address this.

The chat lock feature on WhatsApp will soon be available on connected devices.

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A feature that let beta testers choose the primary colour scheme of the WhatsApp iOS app from a selection of five colours was first tested back in January.

The instant messaging app is testing a feature that lets users change the colour of chat bubbles within conversations, though, in a new beta edition.

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Moon train operations are planned by NASA.

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Notably, NASA also declared new initiatives last month to create and test new vehicle models intended for moon exploration.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission ‘ICUBE-Q’ reaches the moon orbit.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) entered orbit around the moon on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) launched from Hainan, China, on Friday aboard China’s Chang’E6 spacecraft.

According to the IST, the satellite ICUBE-Q was planned and developed in partnership with China’s Shanghai University SJTU and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

The ICUBE-Q orbiter is equipped with two optical cameras to image the lunar surface. ICUBE-Q has now been integrated into the Chang’e6 mission after successfully qualifying and testing it.

Chang’e6 is the sixth lunar exploration mission launched by China.

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