Tag Archives: Twitter

Trump Reignites War On Christmas In May, But Twitter Users Aren’t Having It

President Donald Trump offered yet another strangely out-of-season shoutout to Christmas on Wednesday night and once again took credit for people saying “Merry Christmas.” Speaking at an interfaith dinner ahead of Thursday’s National Day of Prayer, Trump said: “Now everyone’s very proud to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again. There was a time when we went shopping and you wouldn’t see ‘Merry Christmas’ on the ... Read More »

Twitter Accounts Still Vulnerable After Reported Fix, Say Experts

Despite claims of a fix by Twitter, researchers at a Britain-based security firm who earlier hijacked accounts of several celebrities and journalists to expose a vulnerability have said that the loophole still persists at the popular social media platform. Insinia Security last week said it successfully hijacked the accounts of a number of celebrities, including Eamonn Holmes, Louis Theroux, Simon ... Read More »

Twitter Said to Have Suspended 58 Million Accounts in Q4 2017

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company’s newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 US presidential campaign. Last week, Twitter confirmed a Washington Post report that it had suspended 70 million ... Read More »

Facebook, Google, Twitter Defend Filtering Practices Before US Congress

Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter told a US House panel on Tuesday that the social media companies are not discriminating against content for political reasons. Conservative Republicans in Congress have criticised social media companies for what they claim are politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies have rejected. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, said that since an April ... Read More »

Facebook and Twitter Are Too Big to Allow Fake Users

There’s something in common between amazing story of “Nicole Mincey”, the pseudonymous Twitter user with 146,000 followers who was retweeted by President Donald Trump and then disappeared overnight along with a few other online personae, and a recent prank by a Berliner frustrated with his inability to get Twitter to remove hate speech. The common element is the obvious solution to both problems, ... Read More »

Twitter Buys Yes for Product VP Talent

Twitter last week purchased Yes and named the mobile app startup’s CEO, Keith Coleman, as its new VP of product — a challenging post. Coleman will be Twitter’s third VP of product this year and the fifth since 2014. Twitter’s main problems are monetization, which has plagued it since its founding; slowing user growth; and stiff competition. Those encouraged by ... Read More »

Twitter reinstates ‘alt-right’ leader

Twitter has reinstated the account of a white nationalist think tank leader credited with coining the term “alt-right”. The social network suspended Richard Spencer on 15 November. Since then, he was filmed shouting: “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” at a meeting, prompting some audience members to raise their arms in Nazi-style salutes. A leading anti-racism campaigner has criticised ... Read More »

Italy plans Monte dei Paschi di Siena rescue if private bailout fails

Italy is prepared to launch a multibillion-euro rescue of Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) by the end of this week if the bank fails in its last-ditch effort to secure €5bn (£4.2bn) from private investors, according to a finance ministry official. The official told the Guardian the ministry was “fully confident” that the world’s oldest bank would be able ... Read More »

Twitter removes @names on replies from iOS app, brings them back after uproar

Twitter timelines were full of complaints against the experimental change where the names mentioned would be stripped from the start of replies in the notification tab and would not be counted towards the character count in replies. According to a report in BuzzFeed on Friday, Twitter had announced the changes in May and had been testing them since then. “But ... Read More »

Bot Armies Boost Candidates’ Popularity on Twitter

Internet bots have many useful online purposes, but they have a dark side, too, as three researchers demonstrated in their analysis of Twitter traffic during the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Bots are used to automate functions on the Net. For example, if you belong to several social networks, you could use a bot to post ... Read More »