Tag Archives: social media

Social Media Giants Testify On Battling Extremists

CNBC reports: Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress Wednesday that they’ve gone beyond screening and removing extremist content and are creating more anti-terror propaganda to pre-empt violent messages at the source. Representatives from the three companies told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that they are, among other things, targeting people likely to be swayed by extremist messages ...

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Twitter On Why They Won’t Ban Trump: World Leaders Provide Important Information That People Should See

From Twitter’s corporate blog: There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance. Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society. Blocking a world leader from ...

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Activists Protest Outside Twitter HQ: Ban Donald Trump

The Hill reports: An activist group in San Francisco is calling out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, calling him “complicit” after President Trump used the social media platform to boast about the size and strength of his nuclear launch button. “Resist SF” on Tuesday night projected the phrases “@jack is #complicit” and “Ban @realDonaldTrump” on the building where Twitter’s headquarters is ...

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GERMANY: Neo-Nazi Party Tests New Hate Speech Laws, Immediately Zapped By Facebook And Twitter

CNN reports: Germany’s tough new social media law appears to be working: A far-right member of parliament had her Twitter account suspended shortly after posting an anti-Muslim message. Under a law that took full effect in Germany on Monday, Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies can be fined as much as €50 million ($60 million) if they fail to ...

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Obama Warns Of Divisive Social Media Use During Interview With Prince Harry (Doesn’t Mention Trump)

NBC News reports: In his first interview since leaving the White House in January, former President Barack Obama told Britain’s Prince Harry that the transition out of public office left him with a sense of ‘”serenity.” In the interview, which was light on political substance, Obama told listeners to BBC Radio’s flagship morning news program, Today, that the end of ...

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Facebook Rolls Out New Facial Recognition Feature

TechCrunch reports: Facebook wants to make sure you know about and control the photos of you people upload, even if they don’t tag you. So today, Facebook launched a new facial recognition feature called Photo Review that will alert you when your face shows up in newly posted photos so you can tag yourself, leave it be, ask the uploader ...

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Twitter Launches Crackdown On Far-Right Accounts

The BBC reports: Twitter has widened what constitutes hateful and harmful behaviour on its platform, and says it will begin enforcing stricter rules concerning it. Information contained in a person’s profile, regardless of what they actually tweet, will now be considered. Those who express an affiliation with groups that use or celebrate violence to achieve their aims will be permanently ...

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Obama Crushes Trump In Twitter’s 2017 Recap

The New Yorker reports: This morning, Twitter released its top timeline statistics for the year: the most-retweeted and most-liked tweets of 2017, and the most frequently cited accounts. The list is fascinatingly strange. The big news is that none of the year’s ten most-retweeted tweets are by Donald Trump. Instead, three are by Barack Obama—and two of the top three ...

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Meet The Guy Who Took Down Trump’s Twitter Account

TechCrunch has tracked down the former Twitter staffer (technically a contract employee) who early this month briefly took down Trump’s Twitter account on his last day on the job. From their deep-dive interview: We were among those looking for the contractor, and through a string of events found out his name, Bahtiyar Duysak, and got him to agree to talk ...

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BLUE CHECK BLUES: Twitter Halts Verifications After Uproar Over Verifying Virginia Nazi Rally Organizer

The Verge reports: After widespread criticism over its decision to verify the account of Jason Kessler, an organizer behind the far-right Unite the Right protest, Twitter said it has “paused” its verification process while it works on a new system. Twitter offers a blue checkmark to accounts that it has verified as authentic. Kessler, who describes himself on Twitter as ...

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Twitter Doubles Character Limit For All Users

USA Today reports: Our commander-in-chief is going to have a lot more room to tweet. Twitter announced Tuesday it will roll out a 280-character limit for single tweets after testing the option among a handful of users since September. The new character limit applies to languages where cramming is an issue, such as English. The change won’t apply to Chinese, ...

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REPORT: “Rogue” Twitter Staffer Who Briefly Took Down Trump’s Account Was Outsourced Contract Worker

The New York Times reports: Twitter blamed the deletion of President Trump’s Twitter account on Thursday night on a rogue customer support employee. That employee has since been hailed in social media as a hero and as a scourge for acting against the president, who said the move reflected the impact his Twitter messages have had. Yet it turns out ...

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Alarm Raised After Twitter Staffer Screws With Trump’s Account: What If That Guy Tried To Start A War?

The Washington Post reports: President Trump boasted Friday of his social media influence after his personal Twitter account was briefly deactivated by a departing company employee, raising serious questions about the security of tweets the president wields to set major policy agendas, connect with his voter base and lash out at his adversaries. The deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling ...

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REVEALED: Russian Election Content On Facebook Was Seen By 126 Million, Many Times More Than Thought

The Washington Post reports: Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than what the company previously disclosed about the reach of the disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Google on Monday acknowledged ...

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Roger Stone: I’m Suing Twitter Over My Banning

The Wrap reports: Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone Jr. said he will sue Twitter in response to the company banning him from the platform. “I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account,” he told TheWrap. “The battle for free speech has ...

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Twitter Boots Roger Stone After Anti-CNN Tirade

The New York Daily News reports: Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone was booted from Twitter after a crude tirade trashing journalists who reported on looming criminal charges related to Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The GOP operative on Saturday lost access to the social media site for his @RogerJStoneJR account after tweeting at CNN staffers Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, Charles Blow ...

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Twitter Bans Ads From Kremlin Media Outlets

Politico reports: Twitter said Thursday it’s dropping all ads from Kremlin-funded English-language media outlets RT and Sputnik, as the company prepares to face lawmakers next week over Russian use of social media to interfere with the 2016 election. “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion ...

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Reddit Purges Nazi And Far-Right Message Boards

The Verge reports: Reddit has shut down several Nazi and white supremacist subreddits after a policy change banning material that “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.” The news was posted earlier today in Reddit’s moderator news forum, and commenters noted that at least 10 subreddits have been banned ...

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Facebook Tests Taking Non-Promoted Media Posts Out Of User Feeds, Outlets Report Massive Drop In Hits

The Hill reports: Facebook is testing a new update that would move non-promoted posts out of users’ newsfeeds, which could be a major hit to media publishers who use the platform to bring traffic to their websites. The changes are currently being tested in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka, according to Filip Struhárik, a journalist at Slovakian ...

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Twitter Boots Popular Account Followed By Major Right Wing Figures Because (Shocker) It’s Run By Russians

I followed this account for months after seeing how many major right wingers were retweeting it. Eventually I was blocked but I never dreamed it was by Russians. Buzzfeed News reports: Twitter took 11 months to close a Russian troll account that claimed to speak for the Tennessee Republican Party even after that state’s real GOP notified the social media ...

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