The #AskCostolo promotional hashtag for a TV interview with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on Tuesday became a lightning rod for activists who are frustrated with Twitter's handling of alleged threats, bullying and harassment on the social network.
- Users responded with questions:
- Those tweeting about harassment and abuse said they were doing so on behalf of others who felt unable to speak up.
- Other questions were about the nuts and bolts of the micro-blogging site.
- And some were from fellow Twitter insiders:
CNBC acknowledged that the hashtag “took on a life of its own,” citing a stat from social analytics company Tweetbinder that 32 per cent of the more than 8,000 #AskCostolo tweets posted were related to user safety, privacy and abuse.
- Here's CNBC's roundup of the response.
- Meanwhile, Twitter shares soared after the social media company reported earning had more than doubled to $312.2 million (U.S.)