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Twitter exploring international sports partnerships, including cricket

Twitter's revenue declined to $548 million, which was 8% less YoY than Q1 2016 -- however, this was modestly higher than Twitter's own estimate. The number of Daily Active Users also increased 14% year-on-year; Twitter didn't provide the exact number of DAUs. The company is also expanding its Live product; it had 200 more hours than the previous quarter, with 800 hours of livestreams in Q1. The company is also looking at expanding its portfolio of international deals, including sports. "There is a very passionate audience for cricket. Their rights are really expensive and they're locked up for multi-years. That doesn't mean we can't partner with different media companies that have those rights," CEO Jack Dorsey said in the quarter's earnings call. He said that the company would explore how to work with existing sports rightsholders to increase their reach via Twitter. "Growth driven by new features" Dorsey said that most user growth was driven by new features. Twitter has been using machine learning to improve the relevance of tweets in users' timeline. They have also removed character limits on replying in threads. Asked whether Twitter's crackdown on abuse led to a slowdown in user growth, Dorsey said "we've seen no discernible impact on our metrics from these changes to make Twitter safer", saying that only a small percentage of Twitter accounts engaged in abusive behaviour. "We want to get to a place where we're the first place they hear of something," Dorsey said. "We have to make sure that we're building something…

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