Social Media

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Finally Banned By Twitter

The Associated Press reports: Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media platform’s site’s rules forbidding hate speech. The company said Friday that Duke’s account “has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct.” It didn’t specify what exactly Duke posted that triggered the ban, but …

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Twitter To Block Outbound Links To “Hateful Content”

Engadget reports: Twitter is closing a loophole in its rules to make it harder for users to spread hate speech and violent content. The company is updating its policies to ban links to content that promotes violence and hateful conduct. Twitter already had rules in place barring hateful conduct and violence in tweets, but the policy didn’t extend to linked …

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Twitter Competitor Parler Welcomes QAnon Crazies

The Christian Post reports: Parler, the social media app that’s billed as a platform for free and open dialogue, said it would continue to counter “technocronyism” following Twitter’s announcement that it would be cracking down on accounts and censoring content it deems as harmful. After Twitter released a statement Tuesday saying it would be permanently banning accounts, a spokesperson for …

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Trump And Biden Target Social Media In Dueling Ads

The Associated Press reports: Social media has become the target of a dueling attack ad campaign being waged online by the sitting president and his election rival. They’re shooting the messenger while giving it lots of money. President Donald Trump has bought hundreds of messages on Facebook to accuse its competitor, Twitter, of trying to stifle his voice and influence …

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TikTok Blocks QAnon-Related Hashtags Amid Surge

The BBC reports: TikTok has blocked a number of hashtags related to the QAnon conspiracy theory from appearing in search results, amid concern about misinformation, the BBC has learned. It comes days after Twitter banned thousands of QAnon-related accounts. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory whose followers support US President Donald Trump. They believe the president is battling a …

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Trump Claims He “Often” Regrets His Tweets, Retweets

The Hill reports: President Trump acknowledged in an interview released Friday that he “often” regrets his tweets and retweets. “It used to be in the old days before this, you’d write a letter and you’d say, ‘this letter is really bad,’ you put it on your desk and you go back tomorrow and you say, ‘oh, I’m glad I didn’t …

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Twitter Mulls Subscription Model As Ad Revenue Drops

CNN Business reports: Twitter is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including by considering a subscription model, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday. The move comes as Twitter suffers a sharp decline in its core advertising business. “You will likely see some tests this year” of various approaches, Dorsey told analysts on an investor call held to …

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Twitter Takes Sweeping Action Against QAnon Nutbags: Bans Thousands, Blocks Searches, Prohibits “Swarming”

NBC News reports: Twitter announced Tuesday that it has begun taking sweeping actions to limit the reach of QAnon content, banning many of the conspiracy theory’s followers because of problems with harassment and misinformation. Twitter will stop recommending accounts and content related to QAnon, including material in email and follow recommendations, and it will take steps to limit circulation of …

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Zuckerberg: Trump’s COVID Response Is Disappointing

Axios reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, during an hourlong online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday, criticized the Trump administration’s coronavirus response and called for “a reset.” “It’s really disappointing that we still don’t have adequate testing, that the credibility of our top scientists like yourself and the CDC are being undermined — and that until recently, that parts …

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Many High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked In Bitcoin Scam: Joe Biden, Apple, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, & Others

TechCrunch reports: A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam. @apple had its account hacked to push the same scam, as well as Amazon co-founder @jeffbezos and Democratic presidential candidate @joebiden. Many other accounts were quickly hijacked, including @elonmusk. …

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Kellyanne And George Conway’s Daughter Says She’s Lost Social Media Access After Mocking Their Marriage

The New York Post reports: Kellyanne Conway’s teenage daughter says her parents are kicking her offline after she began playfully trolling them and sharing her liberal opinions on TikTok and Twitter. In what she called “my last tweet” on Monday night, 15-year-old Claudia wrote: “My parents are forcing me to delete social media… apparently, i don’t have a platform! it’s …

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MAGA World Turns On “Free Speech Utopia” Parler

The Daily Beast reports: Parler is drawing criticism from some of its ideological allies even as some of MAGA world’s biggest names lose interest in the platform. With slowing momentum and few liberals for Parler users to joust with, Parler faces the prospect of once again becoming a social media backwater even after being embraced by some of the right’s …

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Facebook Bans Content That Promotes Ex-Gay Torture

Agence France-Presse reports: Facebook on Friday said it is banning content that promotes “conversion therapy,” which is based on the unfounded notion that gays can change their sexual orientation through psychological or spiritual intervention. Facebook and its image-centric social network Instagram are updating policies to require removal of content that directly promotes conversion therapy when such posts are flagged by …

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Amazon Rescinds Order To Staff On Deleting TikTok

The New York Times reports: Amazon on Friday asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, putting the tech giant at the center of growing suspicion and paranoia about the app. Almost five hours later, Amazon reversed course, saying the email to workers was sent in error. In the initial email, which was obtained by …

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Facebook Mulls Ban On Political Ads Through Election

Bloomberg News reports: Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking. The potential ban is still only being discussed and hasn’t yet been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about …

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Amazon Asks Employees To Delete TikTok From Phones

The New York Times reports: Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, citing “security risks,” according to a company email sent on Friday. In the email, which was obtained by The New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that “access Amazon email.” Employees had …

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TikTok Teens Troll Trump’s App Over Banning Threat

Bloomberg News reports: The TikTok-tivists are at it again. Thousands of users of the popular video app flocked to the Apple App Store in the last few days to flood U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign app with negative reviews. TikTok fans are retaliating for Trump’s threats to ban the app, which is owned by China’s Bytedance Ltd. and is …

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FB Axes Disinfo Pages Linked To Bolsonaro And Sons

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc on Wednesday suspended a network of social media accounts it said were used to spread divisive political messages online by employees of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and two of his sons. The company said that despite efforts to disguise who was behind the activity, it had found links to the staff of two Brazilian lawmakers, as …

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FB Axes 100+ Pages Linked To Roger Stone, Proud Boys

CNN reports: Under pressure to curb hate on its platforms, Facebook announced Wednesday it had shut down pages and accounts linked to Roger Stone and Proud Boys, a far-right group Facebook has banned under its hate policies. Stone’s own Instagram account was shut down as part of the takedown. The network of more than 100 Facebook pages, accounts and Instagram …

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Pompeo: The US Might Ban TikTok, Other Chinese Apps

CNN reports: The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media …

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