IIT-Bombay alumnus Parag Agrawal new Twitter CTO

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 09, 2018 14:52 hrs
Parag Agrawal, Twitter

San Francisco: Twitter has named Parag Agrawal, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) as its new Chief Technology Officer.

Agrawal takes over the position most recently held by Adam Messinger, who left in late 2016, CNBC reported late on Thursday.

The appointment of Agrawal, a PhD in computer science from Stanford University, was announced internally in October 2017.

Agrawal joined Twitter in October 2011 as an ads engineer. Before his current posting, he held the title of Distinguished Software Engineer.

Prior to joining Twitter, he had done research internships at AT&T, Microsoft and Yahoo.

His contributions at Twitter include leading efforts to increase the relevance of tweets in Twitter users' timelines using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI also helps Twitter in preventing abuse on the social network.

"In his capacity as CTO, he's focused on scaling a cohesive machine learning and AI approach across our consumer and revenue product and infrastructure teams," a Twitter spokesman told CNBC.

Twitter also announced this week that it intends to hire a Director of Social Science in an attempt to "increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation" on its platform.

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