Podcasting platform Breaker’s team joins Twitter

Podcasting platform Breaker’s team joins Twitter
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Updated 05 January 2021

Podcasting platform Breaker’s team joins Twitter

Podcasting platform Breaker’s team joins Twitter
  • Details on the financial terms of the deal have not been revealed

RIYADH: Podcasting platform Breaker has announced that its team is to become part of Twitter to apply its expertise to audio experiences at the one-to-many messaging service.

Details on the financial terms of the deal to acquire the people behind four-year-old Breaker, based in San Francisco, have not been revealed.

In a tweet, Breaker co-founder, Leah Culver, said: “I’m joining Twitter to help build @TwitterSpaces. While I’ll very much miss @breaker, I’m so excited to help create the future of audio conversations.”

Breaker co-founder, Erik Berlin, announced the acquisition in a blog post, saying he and Culver would help create new experiences for users at Twitter.

“Here at Breaker, we’re truly passionate about audio communication and we’re inspired by the ways Twitter is facilitating public conversations for people around the world,” he said.

Twitter engineering team leader, Michael Montano, confirmed the link-up in a tweet and said that Culver, Berlin, and Breaker designer Emma Lundin were joining the company. “I’m excited to work with the Breaker team,” he added.

Breaker apps for smartphones powered by Apple or Google-backed Android software allow users to find and listen to podcasts.

Berlin said: “When we started Breaker, podcast apps were productivity apps, similar to feed readers and to-do lists. Breaker added a social community element with features such as liking and commenting on episodes.”

Breaker will shut down its platform on Jan. 15, allowing time for users to move podcasts and subscriptions to new forums for listening.

Twitter recently began letting a “very small” group of users create Spaces, which it described as online venues “built around the voices of the people using Twitter.”

As many as 10 people can be invited to speak in a Twitter Space, and there is no limit on the number of people who can just listen, according to a blog post about the project.

In the post, Twitter said: “This is your space to share thoughts, send emojis, and more. We will expand the list of people who can create Spaces over time.”


YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 

YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 
Updated 24 January 2021

YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 

YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 
  • It deleted accounts that the group had been using to share its agenda
  • The terrorist-designated organization used the channels and other social media platforms to stream propaganda and encourage violence

LONDON: YouTube permanently deleted seven Houthi accounts on Sunday due to a breach of its policy, less than a week after the US designated the militia as a foreign terrorist organization. 

It deleted accounts that the group had been using to share its agenda, such as its main channel “Ferqat Ansar Allah” and “Al Ealam Al-Harbe,” which translates as the war media.

The terrorist-designated organization used the channels and other social media platforms to stream propaganda and encourage violence.

Many leaders and members within the Houthi movement remain active on social media, such as the group’s current leader Muhammad Ali Al-Houthis, and continue to incite hate and violent speech.

The US designation came into effect last Tuesday, the day before President Donald Trump left office. The Houthis are accused of waging a deadly campaign that has destabilized Yemen and the Middle East.

“The designations are intended to hold Ansar Allah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure and commercial shipping,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month, using the official name of the Houthi movement.

He added that the designations would not affect the work of relief agencies.