Stories by Kia Kokalitcheva

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams steps down from board

Photo of Twitter co-founder Ev Williams speaking on conference stage.
Ev Williams speaking at Web Summit 2018 Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams is stepping down from the company's board after 12 years.

Why it matters: Williams helped start the company in 2006 and was Twitter's CEO from 2008 to 2010. He's currently running Medium, an online publishing service, while also investing in startups.

Anti-vaccination content haunts Big Tech

Illustration of an old-school Mac with a flashing "no vaccination" sign
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Anti-vaccination content that has long appeared in search results and on social media is getting renewed attention after the U.S. government attributed recent measles outbreaks in part to reduced vaccination levels in some areas.

Why it matters: The renewed spotlight on the issue has prompted members of Congress to demand answers from platforms about how they intend to handle conspiracy theories that could impact public safety.

Twitter considers a "clarification" feature

In this image, someone holds their phone directly up to the camera. The phone displays the blue and white Twitter logo.
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Despite calls from power users for an “edit” button, Twitter instead is considering how it could enable “clarifications” of tweets, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday at Goldman Sachs’ tech conference in San Francisco.

The bottom line: Twitter really, really doesn’t want to add an “edit” button. Dorsey emphasized that even the "clarification" option might never see the light of day.

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