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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

A US congressman has written up a bill that calls for the President's social media activity to be archived alongside other official communications. The amusingly titled "Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement," or the COVFEFE Act, is the work of Mike Quigley (D-IL), who named the bill in a nod to one …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2017
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Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

Twitter has spent much of the day tackling gremlins in its systems that have left loads of users unable to access parts of the jibber-jabber service. The internet megaphone copped to two different problems that have arisen in the past 12 hours. While not a complete outage, the issues have left some without access to basic …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017

Loadsamoney: UK mulls fining Facebook, Twitter, Google for not washing away filth, terror vids

Updated An influential panel of UK MPs have proposed fining the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter if they fail to remove illegal content within a certain timeframe. Parliament's Home Affairs Committee published a report on Monday that was highly critical of the US tech giants for failing to take down content such as terrorist or …

UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

Twitter has reportedly blocked a third-party firm used by the Home Office from accessing its firehose, prompting the government to complain that the social network is siding with terrorists. In a Home Office press release dutifully churned by the Daily Telegraph and The Sun at bang on 10pm last night, the government whined …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017
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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

The chief executive of T-Mobile US has offered a random teen on the internet a year’s supply of chicken nuggets if he switches from AT&T. Carter Wilkerson, 16, of Reno, Nevada, had previously asked American burger joint Wendy's how many retweets he would need for a year's supply of chicken nuggets. "18 million," replied Wendy …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Apr 2017
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Twitter cofounder to sell chunk of his stock for personal reasons

Ev Williams, the cofounder of Twitter and Medium, has revealed that he'll be selling a large chunk of his stock in the microblogging site to fund other activities. There's nothing wrong with Twitter that prompted the selloff, he insisted, and indeed praised recent changes the firm has made. But the vast majority of his net …
Iain Thomson, 6 Apr 2017
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Twitter's motto: If at first you screwed developers over, try, try again, eh?

After taking developers for a ride and then repeatedly driving into a ditch, Twitter has a new destination in mind and has produced a roadmap to reassure those who haven't already leapt out the door. The turmoil-prone, cash-burning, executive-churning social media biz on Thursday said it will unify its API platform, combining …

Facebook, Google, etc: Yeah, yeah, we'll work on the nasty stuff about bombs – but we ain't doing no backdoors

Big Tech has told the UK government it will do more to remove extremist content from their networks, but has refused to offer concessions on encryption. Following a meeting between Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd and communication service providers, called in the aftermath of the murders in Westminster, senior executives …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2017

Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit. According to American telly screenwriter Andrew Tavani, who – what else – tweeted what appeared to be screenshots, Twitter …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Mar 2017

Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

A man suspected of maliciously tweeting a GIF to a magazine writer that induced an epileptic attack has been collared by the FBI. In December, Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek journalist who has written about living with epilepsy, appeared on the US Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss his claims that the then-President- …
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2017

Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

The European Commission is threatening to fine Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networks unless they overhaul their terms and conditions to pull out legal escape clauses. An official from the EC's consumer protection authorities confirmed it intends to "take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2017
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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

Google, Twitter and Facebook were hauled over the coals by MPs yesterday in a select committee hearing in where they were accused of "having no shame" and engaging in "commercial prostitution". The hearing was on the topic of online hate and what the social media/advertising platforms are doing to combat its proliferation …
Kat Hall, 15 Mar 2017
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Twitter app pwned by pro-Turkey hackers: Users' accounts sling 'Nazi' slurs

A hack against the Counter third-party Twitter app was used to push propaganda messages containing swastikas through numerous high profile accounts on Wednesday. The propaganda messages (screenshot below) labelled both Germany and the Netherlands as "Nazis" over the two European nations' recent dealings with Turkey. Both …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2017
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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

The German government has formally proposed fining Facebook and Twitter up to €50m ($53m) for failing to remove slanderous fake news and hate speech within 24 hours. A new bill introduced on Tuesday by interior minister Heiko Maas is designed to "combat hate crime and criminal offenses on social networks more effectively," …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Mar 2017
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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Exclusive The UK Home Office is warning staff and contractors not to tweet or retweet negative posts about Donald Trump, in an email about its social media guidance seen by The Register. In a missive to the department's Digital, Data and Technology unit last week, it told staff "a quick look through just a couple of known personal …
Kat Hall, 13 Mar 2017
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US Supreme Court set to kill Twitter, Facebook ban for sex offenders

The US Supreme Court looks set to kill off a North Carolina law that prevents sex offenders from accessing social media sites, for being unconstitutional. During oral arguments [PDF] on Monday morning, a majority of the Justices appeared to agree that the law infringes on people's First Amendment rights in a way that is not …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Feb 2017

Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

Cardiff University's Social Data Science Lab has been awarded a £250,000 grant to set up a centre to monitor “Brexit-related hate crime” on Twitter. The lab – based in Wales, UK, and dubbed the Centre for Cyberhate Research and Policy – will develop “a monitoring tool that displays a live feed of the propagation of hate speech …
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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

Apparently confirming that the United States of America has become its own strange reality TV show where brash billionaires and pantomime villains make decisions and everyone else has to clean up after them, Elon Musk has announced he will resolve the immigration crisis that has enveloped the Trump Administration over the past …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jan 2017

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