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Twitter acquires Smyte, a startup that fights online abuse

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Smyte, a San Francisco-based startup tech company that specializes in in stopping online abuse, fraud and spam through an automated labeling system that identifies nefarious activity and flags it for manual review, is being acquired by Twitter.

Why it matters: Twitter has been criticized for not doing enough to control hate speech and misinformation on its platform due to the proliferation of bots that exist. This is a step in its ongoing effort to solve both problems.

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