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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

No matter their protestations, the big tech firms will always be asked to do more to tackle the manifestations of society's problems on their platforms. And yesterday's four-hour evidence session in front of British parliamentarians was no different. In an intense hearing – for which the members of the digital, culture, media …
Rebecca Hill, 9 Feb 2018

Jack in black: 12 years on, Twitter finally makes a profit from its firehose of memes and misery

After 11 years and seven months in operation, and billions and billions of dollars in losses, Twitter today said it is, at long last, a profitable business. The shoutfest broker of memes, sarcasm, news, jokes, harassment, Russian trolls, and so so much wailing, declared it had, for the first time ever, managed to make money in …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Feb 2018

Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

A group of ex-Facebook and Google workers, along with venture capital execs, are campaigning to stop their former employers from further screwing up humanity. The Center for Humane Technology says its mission will be to "create a cultural awakening" of the dangers of social networking, media, and search platforms many of its …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Feb 2018
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Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...

Take it easy with those hard-hitting exclusives and investigations, said the Pope this week, lumping inconvenient quality journalism with fake news and clickbait. We can't think why the head of a church mired in decades of globe-spanning child abuse scandals would have a problem with hacks doing their job and getting straight …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2018

Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

Red faces over Hawaii’s false nuke alert got even redder this week, as the governor admitted he knew it was a mistake – but couldn’t alert citizens because he didn't know his Twitter password. A state of panic ensued in the state on January 13, after a slip of the finger in the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent all …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Jan 2018
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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

Twitter says it will warn hundreds of thousands of tweeters who deliberately or inadvertently interacted with Kremlin bots during the 2016 US presidential election. The micro-blogging website said that, during the White House race, some 677,775 people followed accounts controlled by Russian propaganda groups, or liked or …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2018

Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court

A man from Kent, England, has been prosecuted under the UK's Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive police information on Twitter. William Godfrey, 30, of Bethersden, tweeted the personal details of a vulnerable adult after obtaining a USB stick belonging to his former partner, a probationary officer, containing the private …
Richard Priday, 18 Jan 2018

Hey. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Get in here... so we can shake your hands – US Senate cyber-terror panel

The US Senate's commerce committee basically gave executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a back-rub at a hearing on Wednesday morning. The session was titled "Terrorism and Social Media: #IsBigTechDoingEnough?" and the answer from the majority of lawmakers was "yes." Unfortunately. Under intense pressure in Europe over …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2018
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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

The Walt Disney Company's increasing interest in moving its shows online has forced two Silicon Valley supremos to leave the board. Twitter chief exec Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are not seeking re-election to the company's board of directors due to a growing conflict of interest, Reuters reports. As …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jan 2018
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Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

The grace period for tech firms failing to meet Germany's strict new hate speech law has ended. The network enforcement act – Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, or NetzDG if that doesn't roll off the tongue for you – was passed by the government back in June. It gives companies with more than 2 million users just 24 hours to remove …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Jan 2018

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

Twitter today started imposing rules designed to reduce hateful and abusive content on its service – to the delight of many, and fury of others. Among the accounts suspended within hours of the biz enforcing the new policy – as scheduled – were those belonging to Britain First members as well as its leader and deputy leader, …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2017

Europe Commission thunders: Tech firms must do more to remove extremist content

The European Commission has urged the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove extremist content - or face further regulation. EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned "the real battlefield is against 21st century terrorism". He said most of the recent terrorist attackers had never travelled …
Kat Hall, 7 Dec 2017

Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

A US judge says social networks cannot be held accountable for the murderous actions of their users. A district court in Dallas, Texas, dismissed with prejudice this week the idea that the major social networking sites in America harbored the sentiment that lead to the shooting and death of five Dallas police officers in July …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Dec 2017
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Twitter's fight to kill Uncle Sam's censorship of spying numbers edges closer to victory

Twitter has won another round in its long-running campaign to publish numbers that the US government insists should be secret. In October 2014, the microblogging and incitement platform filed a lawsuit against the Feds for permission to publish, as part of its government surveillance transparency report, the number of secret …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017
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Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

Comment Infamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently announced changes to its "blue tick" verification system. Earlier this month Twitter staff used the service's Twitter Support account to declare that its controversial blue tick will now …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Nov 2017
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Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

Hoping to extinguish its eleven-year cash bonfire and finally turn a profit, Twitter has introduced premium APIs to allow businesses to make better use of its trove of troll tweets – for a fee. The hoi polloi seldom pay for anything online but developers, in particular those working for big biz, can be convinced to ante up in …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

They are the most dissected, repeated and analyzed statements in the world – but are Donald Trump's tweets formal statements by the President of the United States, or his own personal reflections? It seems that no one can agree: even the US Department of Justice, which has represented the short messages from his @ …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2017
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We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

History is "a series of lies agreed upon," as nineteenth century orator Wendell Phillips phrased an adage employed by Napoleon, among others. Online history doesn't even require agreement. It can be changed with a click. Justin Littman, a software developer and librarian in the ‎Scholarly Technology Group at George Washington …

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