Tag Archives: Twitter

Twitter Is Deleting One Million Fake Accounts A Day

The Washington Post reports: Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform, according to data obtained by The Washington Post. The rate of account suspensions, which Twitter confirmed to the Post, has more than ...

Read More »

DOJ Appeals Ruling On Trump’s Twitter Blocking

Politico reports: President Donald Trump and one of his top aides on Monday night appealed a federal court ruling that said the president was violating the constitutional rights of individuals he has blocked from viewing his personal Twitter feed. Three Justice Department officials filed notice of their appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf ...

Read More »

Federal Court: Trump Can’t Block Twitter Users

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday. The judge, Naomi Reice Buchwald, ruled that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Americans from viewing his tweets. The suit was filed in July 2017 by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. “This case requires us to ...

Read More »

REPORT: Trump Aides Deliberately Misspell His Tweets Because It Shows His Base He Has The Common Touch

The Boston Globe reports: Presidential speechwriters have always sought to channel their bosses’ style and cadence, but Trump’s team is blazing new ground with its approach to his favorite means of instant communication. Some staff members even relish the scoldings Trump gets from elites shocked by the Trumpian language they strive to imitate, believing that debates over presidential typos fortify ...

Read More »

Twitter Warns Users: Change Your Password Right Now

TechCrunch reports: Yes, it’s that time again — password changing time. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that a bug caused the platform to store user passwords in unmasked form. Normally, sensitive personal data like passwords would be stored in hashed form using a mix of letters and numbers to protect the content of the password itself. In this instance, it sounds ...

Read More »

Preet Bharara To Bezos: Buy Twitter And Delete Trump

Raw Story reports: Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara made what must have been a tempting suggestion to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: Buy Twitter and shut down President Donald Trump’s account. Amazon lost $53 billion in market capital recently after Axios reported that the president wanted to “go after” the company. Trump has had a long-running beef with Bezos, who also ...

Read More »

Stormy Daniels, Twitter’s Troll Destroyer

The Washington Post reports: Stormy Daniels on Twitter has the air of a very smart cat batting off a series of very dumb mice, who come at her under the delusion that the relationship is reversed. “Scank,” tweeted one man at her on Friday. He has 94 followers and a bio that lists him as “Soldier for the Constitution.” “The ...

Read More »

Judge To Trump: Mute But Don’t Block Your Followers

I’m among those Trump has blocked: A judge is recommending that President Donald Trump mute rather than block some Twitter followers to resolve a First Amendment lawsuit. Manhattan federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on Thursday suggested a settlement as the preferred outcome after listening to lawyers argue whether it’s constitutional for Trump to block his critics. The hearing stemmed from ...

Read More »

Parkland Activist Emma Gonzalez Now Has Twice The Twitter Following Of The NRA, More Than Dana Loesch

USA Today reports: A high school senior who survived the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida two weeks ago now has nearly twice as many followers on Twitter as the National Rifle Association. Emma Gonzalez, a high school senior, has become one of the most prominent voices calling for gun control legislation following the attack, which ...

Read More »

#TwitterLockOut: Right Wing Extremists Freak Out After Twitter Purges Thousands Of Russian Bot Accounts

Gizmodo reports: Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts. Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with ...

Read More »

Twitter Reports First-Ever Quarterly Profit

Reuters reports: Twitter shares surged 22 percent at the market open on Thursday after it reported its first quarterly profit and better-than-expected revenue, helped by ads that better targeted users and sales growth outside the United States. Investors shrugged off zero growth in Twitter’s users from a quarter earlier, which the company blamed in part on seasonal weakness and its ...

Read More »

Unmasked: Celebs Who Bought Fake Twitter Followers

The New York Times today unmasked celebrities and media figures who seek to inflate their importance by purchasing fake Twitter followers. An excerpt: All these accounts belong to customers of an obscure American company named Devumi that has collected millions of dollars in a shadowy global marketplace for social media fraud. Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses ...

Read More »

DEEP STATE DERP: Hannity’s Twitter Account Vanishes After His Cryptic “Form Submission 1649” Message

The International Business Times reports: The mysterious disappearance of Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity’s Twitter account sent social media platforms into a tailspin, with users trying to probe the last cryptic message posted by the man. The cryptic post read “Form submission 1649.” His account has since been reactivated. There was speculation online of the account being deactivated ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

REPORT: Trump’s Secret Shrinking Daily Schedule

Axios reports: President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios. This is largely to meet Trump’s demands for more “Executive Time,” which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Gorilla Channel: Fake Trump Tell-All Excerpt Goes Viral

Mediaite reports: Since excerpts of Michael Wolff‘s controversial tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House have been circulating, many of the wild details have been disputed by the Trump administration and individuals in the media. However, a fake excerpt from the book has gone viral. And it’s pretty hysterical. The completely fictional, non-existent portion of Wolff’s book shares ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

YMCA: Former Sheriff David Clarke Slinks Back To Twitter After Being Forced To Delete Threatening Tweets

CNN reports: Former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., a vocal surrogate for President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, was temporarily blocked from tweeting after Twitter users’ complaints alerted the company that three of his messages violated the terms of service, CNN has learned. Clarke was placed in read-only mode until he deleted three tweets that seemed to call ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »