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Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules

Twitter has reacted to last week's criticism arising from its suspension of actor actress Rose McGowan's account, after she strongly criticised alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein – by announcing it will soon implement and aggressively police new community standards. The micro-blogging network's co-funder and CEO Jack Dorsey …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2017

Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

Facebook and Twitter have come under attack for deleting tens of thousands of posts that may provide vital clues to how and to what extent the Russian government was able to able to influence the US presidential elections. Facebook has removed thousands of Facebook posts – and the related data around them such as "likes" and …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2017

Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

Analysis Twitter was today accused of censorship after it froze the account of actress Rose McGowan – who had just publicly slammed alleged sex fiend Harvey Weinstein. McGowan was surprised to find herself locked out of her @rosemcgowan profile on Wednesday night, and posted on Instagram a screengrab of a telling-off she received from …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2017

Give us cash and think about the kids, UK tells Facebook and Twitter

The British government is now proposing a direct tax on social media companies while inviting everyone else to hush and think of the children. The Green Paper on Internet Safety, published today, specifically gives Apple and Google a free pass from the real targets of British governmental anger, Facebook and Twitter. It comes …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Oct 2017
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Google: This may shock you, but we also banked thousands of dollars to run Russian propaganda

Joining Facebook and Twitter, Google has now been sucked into an investigation into how Russia influenced the US presidential elections last year. The search engine giant has informed US Congressfolk digging into the issue that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars across its products – from video site YouTube …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Oct 2017

Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

Analysis Social media giants Twitter and Facebook remain at the end of severe criticism from US Congress and elsewhere as investigations into Russia's interference in America's presidential elections highlight the depth to which the tech giants' platforms continue to be abused. On Wednesday, both companies said they had agreed to send …

Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

Like Facebook before it, Twitter has acknowledged that, during the US presidential elections, it collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for ads supporting Russian media messaging, and that it has identified Twitter accounts tied to Facebook profiles known for promoting pro-Russia views. Or another way of putting it: …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2017
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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

The EU Commission has fired a shot across Facebook and Twitter's bows, having issued a proclamation decreeing that "social media platforms" must do more to remove "illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online". Although what is said in the EU proclamation is nothing new – indeed, in the UK, the measures …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2017

Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

Twitter's plan to limit public trials of 280-character tweets has been foiled by web devs, who discovered the feature could be enabled by twits on the client-side. Yesterday, the milliblogging giant announced it had begun tests in which a "small group" of selected users would have their per-tweet character limit doubled from …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2017
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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

Twitter is preparing to double its 140-character limit on tweets to 280 characters. The microblogging site announced Tuesday that it had begun a trial with a "small group" of twits that would allow for twice as many letters, numbers, and symbols to be placed into each individual tweet. Not surprisingly, CEO Jack Dorsey is …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2017
Nuclear War

Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'

Twitter has defended its position of potentially providing a platform for triggering World War 3, describing President Donald Trump's infamous North Korea tweet as "newsworthy". It follows Trump's tweet on Sunday in which he appeared to directly threaten North Korea with annihilation. He wrote: "Just heard Foreign Minister of …
Kat Hall, 26 Sep 2017

Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

They may still view themselves as open purveyors of free speech, but increasingly social media giants are being pulled into the US Senate's investigation of Russian interference in the American presidential elections. This week Twitter confirmed that it is going to meet the Senate's intelligence committee that is heading up …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2017
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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

A social network that fancies itself a "free speech" competitor to Twitter is suing Google after its app was removed from the Play Store. Gab – a recently launched social network that says it is "focused on free speech that would provide a platform for conservatives in the West and dissidents globally" and has become a favored …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2017

Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

Updated Twitter has silently, and without warning, deleted reams of lists users have spent months curating. These lists are used by journalists, activists, and loads of other people, to organize and manage twits they follow and aggregate their tweets, links, photos, and videos. They are, in a way, personalized RSS feeds of information …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Sep 2017

Northern Ireland cops hired cybersecurity biz to ID critics on Twitter

The Police Service of Northern Ireland reportedly hired a private cybersecurity firm to unmask anonymous Twitter accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse. The accounts also appeared to publish information about ongoing police operations, according to the Press Association. The force confirmed …
Kat Hall, 30 Aug 2017

UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh. Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, anti-religious, homophobic and transphobic attacks on social media, the CPS has today (August 21) published a new set of …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017
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Intel, Amazon, Twitter: Your 60-second guide to today's financial-gasm

We may be beyond the halfway point for the calendar year, but in the world of corporate finance we are squarely in the middle, as companies are posting their numbers for the three months to the end of June. Rather than you slogging through spreadsheets and investor relations portals, El Reg is going to give you the bottom line …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2017
Twitter's mobile app, before revision

Twitter's twits turned troll's tech taunt into thought-provoking tonic

Node Summit In April, 2016 Paul Ford, cofounder of New York-based digital production studio Postlight, told Twitter its web app was crap. "I use the Twitter web client for mobile Safari so that I never forget I am garbage," he wrote in a tweet. Twitter engineers working on a rewrite of the Twitter mobile web app, started in 2015, were …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Jul 2017

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