Twitter has been overstating the size of its user base since 2014

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Twitter Inc (TWTR) Shares Surge As Earnings Beat, User Growth Accelerates

The company on Thursday said it added 4 million monthly users during the third quarter and grew daily users by 14%, a much-needed improvement from the zero new users added during the previous quarter. (Apparently their internal calculations can now be trusted.) The bump pushes Twitter's MAU count to 330 million, although the company still held back on releasing its number of daily active users.

"We discovered that since the fourth quarter of 2014 we had included users of certain third-party applications as Twitter MAUs that should not have been considered MAUs", it explained.

In its latest quarterly result statement, Twitter admitted it had been overestimating its monthly active user numbers by up to two million since the end of 2014.

The disparities between the reported and actual numbers, which range between 1 million and 2 million users depending on the quarter, were broken down in a chart that Twitter released to accompany the news.

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The social networking site's losses also significantly decreased-Twitter faced a $21 million shortfall this quarter, down from $103 million in the same period a year ago. Twitter previously believed that their user base had stayed flat during the second quarter.

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"This quarter we made progress in three key areas of our business: we grew our audience and engagement, made progress on a return to revenue growth, and achieved record profitability", said Jack Dorsey, Twitter's CEO.

Digits would allow third-party applications to send authentication messages through Twitter's systems.

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It now says the issue was first there in the fourth quarter of 2016, and has made adjustments for it and the following quarters.

The earnings report also addressed Twitter's ongoing problems with harassment.

Twitter said the error in past user estimates was caused when it wrongly counted people who logged into applications associated with the firm's Fabric software platform. The site also prohibited photos of non-consensual nudity, and said it would take a harder line on hate symbols and organizations that promote violence.

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