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Twitter Considering Feature That Lets Users “Clarify” Old Tweets

The feature would allow users to add “context” to old posts.

Twitter could be introducing an option that allows users to clarify old tweets. The company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, made the announcement during Goldman and Sach’s Internet and Technology conference in San Francisco Thursday (Feb. 14), Tech Shout reports.

The idea for the “clarification” tool was inspired by “cancel culture,” as Dorsey told the audience.  “The other thing that we’re seeing more broadly within the culture right now in this particular moment is people quote-unquote ‘being canceled’ because of past things that they’ve said on Twitter or various other places in social media,” he explained.

Dorsey described the option as a “retweet with comment,” which would give users the chance to “add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted, or what they might have meant.”

The feature would be different from the current retweet with comment option. “You would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context,” Dorsey said.

The company hasn’t officially decided to launch the tool, and has yet to introduce an option to edit tweets.

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Body Of Popular YouTuber Etika Found In East River

Desmond Amofah, a popular YouTuber known to the gaming community as Etika, was found dead in New York City after a week-long search. According to reports, Amofah's body was recovered off of Pier 16 in the East River on Monday night (Jun. 24). He was 29 years old.

After posting an alarming eight-minute video discussing "leaving a stained legacy"and suicidal thoughts to his YouTube channel last week, Amofah went missing. Personal items belonging to him such as his driver's license and his wallet were found along the Manhattan Bridge last week, and he was last heard from on the phone around 8 p.m. on Jun. 19, per the NYPD.

Amofah amassed tens of thousands of followers due to his reviews, streams and commentary on several games, primarily pertaining to Nintendo. Recently, he has been open about his struggles with mental health on social media. His YouTube channel was taken down from the video-sharing website due to violation of guidelines. He also reportedly live-streamed an incident involving him and NYPD officers, which resulted in his admittance into a Brooklyn hospital.

This is a developing story.

We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community. All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.

— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) June 25, 2019

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Will Smith And Nas Invest In App Promoting Financial Literacy For Teenagers

Will Smith and Nas are two of the big names who are reportedly investing in a new financial literacy app geared at teenagers.

Step is reportedly Apple-Pay integrated, and aims to promote the importance of setting financial limits and providing guidelines so that young people can learn more about saving.

“Schools don’t teach kids about money,” Step co-founder and CEO CJ MacDonald said of the app. “We want to be their first bank accounts with spending cards, but we also want to teach financial literacy and responsibility. Banks don’t tailor to this and we want to be a solution, teaching the next generation of adults to be more responsible with money in the cashless era.”

Per Techcrunch, the app itself enables teens to access bank accounts that do not come with a minimum balance or fees, and provides tips on how to manage money. It is led by Stripe, and saw backing from Will Smith’s Dreamers fund and Nas, raising just under $30 million in funding.

“To that end, Step has been marketing directly to its future users, doing viral things like incentivizing sign-ups by giving users a dollar towards their bank accounts (when they come online) for each person that gets referred and also signs up using a person’s code,” writes Techcrunch.

“Teenagers under 18 will even be able to sign up for accounts without parental or guardian consent — although these accounts with be very limited in their functionality.”

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Get Ready: The Obamas Are Reportedly Joining The Podcast Game

According to reports, Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground will be expanding. The former First Couple will reportedly be working with Spotify to  “develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts, connecting them to listeners around the world on wide-ranging topics."

Vulture reports that aren't any concrete details of the partnership's projects, but they do write that the shows will be Spotify-exclusives through the Higher Ground company.

"This partnership is also the latest buzzy development in Spotify’s ongoing efforts to establish itself as a force in the podcast world," the site explains of Spotify's foray into the lucrative podcasting world. "Earlier this year, the company spent almost $400 million to acquire three podcast companies (Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor)."

The Obamas secured a massive, multi-year deal with streaming giant Netflix in 2018. Through this particular partnership, there's the possibility of scripted and unscripted series, features, docu-series and documentary films.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Mr. Obama said in a statement regarding their new content creation journey.

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