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Twitter has labeled 300,000 tweets for election misinformation

A little more than a week after the election, Twitter is giving some additional insight into the effectiveness of its efforts to curb the spread of election misinformation. Between October 27, and November 11, the company labeled about 300,000 tweets…

Twitter updates its ‘Hacked Materials’ policy after NY Post controversy

In response to a New York Post article this week about Hunter Biden that used emails of dubious sourcing, Twitter blocked links to it, eventually citing the company’s existing policies around hacked materials. These policies have come under scrutiny…
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Twitter removed 130 Iran-linked accounts during last night’s debate

Twitter has removed 130 accounts that appeared to originate from Iran and were attempting to disrupt public conversation around the 2020 US Presidential debate. The social network’s Support account has revealed the deletion on the platform. It also p…
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Twitter for Android had a big security vulnerability

Twitter has had a rough go on the security front lately, with some serious high-profile accounts getting hacked and now a discovered vulnerability affecting the Twitter for Android app. Yikes. Twitter for Android security Twitter hasn’t disclosed exactly what the vulnerability does, but they did specify what could happen. Essentially, other apps installed on your […]

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Twitter ‘rate limit’ messages are due to an error, not your bad tweets

If you’re one of the many people seeing some weirdness with, the apps or Tweetdeck right now, it’s not just you. We’ve seen those “rate limit exceeded” messages too, and contacted Twitter to find out what’s going on. A spokesperson tells…
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The Morning After: Twitter hackers took over accounts for Elon, Obama and Apple

Twitter’s bad day started with a weird tweet from Elon Musk (not that unusual) and probably peaked when Barack Obama’s account suddenly posted a scam message begging for Bitcoin. Someone at Twitter decided to prevent all verified accounts from tweeti…
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Twitter has apparently disabled tweets from verified accounts

In an effort to prevent more hacked accounts from posting crypto scams, Twitter has apparently chosen to disable tweets from verified accounts. Though the company has not yet confirmed this to us, Engadget staffers are experiencing this with our own…
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Twitter is testing a new threaded conversation layout on iOS and the web

Twitter has started testing a new threaded conversation layout that’s meant to make it more obvious who’s talking to whom. Based on the GIF posted by the Twitter Support account, the new layout makes use of lines and indentations to clearly indicate…
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Twitter verified a fake congressional candidate created by a teenager

Andrew Walz isn't a real person. A high school student from upstate New York created the fake congressional candidate — complete with website, AI-generated photograph and Twitter account — to test the social media platform's verification system. Ac…
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Twitter broke Tweetcaster: is it 2012 again?

Tweetcaster, one of the oldest available third-party Twitter apps on the Play Store, has reportedly stopped working. If you’ve been with us in the Android news sphere for a while, you might remember back in 2012 when tons of Twitter apps started to go down; it doesn’t look like this is the same thing, but […]

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Google launches #AndroidHelp hashtag for tech support on Twitter

Google will now answer your Android-related problems on Twitter, and you don't even have to slide into its DMs. The company has announced that it's now assisting users who tweet their issues with the hashtag #AndroidHelp. Google has also provided som…
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Lights out dark mode comes to Twitter on Android

Twitter rolled out dark mode on their app a while back, but they also had an iOS exclusive “lights out” mode that turned the grays into real blacks. You would think that would’ve come to Android first since iPhones have only recently started even using OLED displays, but here we are. Anyway, that discrepancy is […]

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Twitter starts rolling out simplified web interface to some users

Don't be surprised if Twitter looks very different on the web in the near future. The social network has started rolling out a previously teased web redesign that, for starters, boasts a much simpler look — the three-column view is gone in favor of…
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China cracks down on Twitter users critical of its government

It won't surprise you to hear that China keeps a tight lid on homegrown social networks, but it's now doing more to stifle free expression on outside networks, too. The New York Times reported that Chinese law enforcement recently began a crackdown…
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Twitter: It was a ‘mistake’ not to suspend bomb suspect for threats

Hours after FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the arrest of Cesar Sayoc in connection with sending 13 IEDs, Twitter finally suspended two accounts tied to Sayoc. Once he was identified, internet users quickly found posts of his showing videos a…
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Twitter touts its recent work to ‘protect the integrity of elections’

It's almost the midterm elections in the US, and that means disinformation campaigns could be working overtime. Social networks have been introducing new features, rolling out changes and even asking the government for help to fight off trolls and fa…
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Twitter finally brings the chronological timeline back

If you are a Twitter user, you are probably familiar with the frustration of seeing your timeline showing tweets that were posted hours ago instead of ones from a few seconds ago. Twitter’s policy of showing the ‘Best Tweets First’ meant that the timeline was a confusing mess, but there is hope on the horizon […]

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Twitter wants to ‘increase the health of public conversation’

Twitter doesn't only want to be more transparent about the toxic content on its site, it also wants to be more proactive about removing it altogether. Speaking to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, as part of a hearing titled "Twitter:…
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Twitter tests personalized ‘unfollow’ recommendations

Twitter works best when you have a perfectly-curated follower list. For many, it's an evolving process as their interests and opinions — and those of the people they follow — slowly change. For years, Twitter has recommended "Who to Follow," but as…
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Twitter gives InfoWars the same one-week ban it gave Alex Jones

While companies like Apple, Facebook, Spotify and even Pinterest have taken down InfoWars content from their platforms, there has been one very public holdout — Twitter. But BuzzFeed News reports today that the company is now limiting the InfoWars a…
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Twitter is removing locked accounts from your follower count

Your Twitter follower count might soon shrink. The microblogging service announced today that it will begin purging locked accounts from your follower count starting this week. "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with la…
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Recommended Reading: An NBA exec and some mysterious Twitter accounts

The curious case of Bryan Colangelo and the secret Twitter account Ben Detrick, The Ringer Even though he won't admit it, one of the NBA's biggest stars, Kevin Durant, almost certainly used a burner Twitter account to clap back at the haters. That…
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Kanye just played Twitter like a fiddle

Kanye West finally ended his social media hiatus this past weekend, nearly a year after he randomly deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Over the past few days, the producer/rapper/fashion designer has sent out an avalanche of tweets ranging f…
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Twitter tries to explain how it fights breaking news hoaxes

During the minutes and hours after shots rang out at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, many people used Twitter just as they have after other high-profile events: to spread fake information and hoaxes. In response to reports about how bad its "fak…
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Twitter relaxes the rules for customer service DMs

Twitter's bot crackdown is great for improving the quality of the service, but might make it harder for businesses to use it effectively. That's why the company is tweaking its system to enable companies to better deal with bulk communications. In th…
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The Library of Congress will start limiting its Twitter archives in 2018

It doesn't seem odd anymore that governments might want to save Twitter archives for historical purposes, what with all the attention our president gets for his contributions to the platform. The UK has been saving tweets and YouTube videos as histor…
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Twitter Lite picks up steam, starts to roll out in more countries

Twitter has recently been testing a Twitter Lite mobile app as a way to get more users involved in the platform, especially those in parts of the world without consistently high-speed data connections. The results? Actually pretty good. Twitter has seen a 50% growth in tweets from Twitter Lite since April, and they’ve been hard […]

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Twitter is openly working on a bookmark feature for tweets

Twitter is working on a few different ways to shake up their social media service, including longer character limits and easy ways to create tweetstorms. With a shift to longer form content instead of just 100 word jokes, you might want to go back and read some of the posts later, right? That’s why Twitter […]

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Twitter tries to fix verification of people ‘we in no way endorse’

Sure, being verified on social media isn't always as good as people think, but after a recent blowup, Twitter says it's addressing the "perception" of endorsement a blue checkmark confers. While the network has notably verified the accounts of self-p…
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Russian Twitter accounts tried to influence the UK’s EU departure

Russia's attempt to influence Western politics through Twitter certainly wasn't limited to the 2016 American elections. Wired and New Knowledge have combed through the Russia-linked accounts provided to US politicians, and it identified at least 29…
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Twitter workarounds give anyone 280 characters to play with

As you may be aware, Twitter is currently trialing an expanded character count. Yes, the platform known for restrictive tweets, is giving select users 280 characters to play around with, up from its default 140. If you're not one of the lucky few wit…
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Twitter tries to explain why Trump’s posts aren’t like others

So if Twitter's rules ban "violent threats," then surely a tweet indicating that a country "won't be around much longer" from a user with the ability to make that happen would be deletion-worthy, right? As the company was forced to explain today, not…
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Twitter tests a feature that simplifies your tweetstorms

Tweetstorms are a staple of Twitter these days — it's not uncommon to see someone shout "thread" and point to a mammoth 30-tweet piece of political commentary. Whether or not you feel that's the best use of Twitter, it could soon be much easier to…
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Twitter is toying with a ‘fake news’ reporting feature

Twitter is working on a new tool to fight the spread of inaccurate, harmful and misleading articles online, according to The Washington Post. The company is apparently prototyping a feature that would allow users to flag tweets circulating false or i…
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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube Announce Formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which will help us continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.
The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all. We take these issues very seriously, and each of our companies have developed policies and removal practices that enable us to take a hard line against terrorist or violent extremist content on our hosted consumer services. We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online.

The new forum builds on initiatives including the EU Internet Forum and the Shared Industry Hash Database; discussions with the U.K. and other governments; and the conclusions of the recent G7 and European Council meetings.  It will formalize and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the U.N.

The scope of our work will evolve over time as we will need to be responsive to the ever-evolving terrorist and extremist tactics. Initially, however, our work will focus on:  

  1. Technological solutions: Our companies will work together to refine and improve existing joint technical work, such as the Shared Industry Hash Database; exchange best practices as we develop and implement new content detection and classification techniques using machine learning; and define standard transparency reporting methods for terrorist content removals.
  2. Research: We will commission research to inform our counter-speech efforts and guide future technical and policy decisions around the removal of terrorist content.
  3. Knowledge-sharing: We will work with counter-terrorism experts including governments, civil society groups, academics and other companies to engage in shared learning about terrorism. And through a joint partnership with the U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (U.N. CTED) and the ICT4Peace Initiative, we are establishing a broad knowledge-sharing network to:
    1. Engage with smaller companies: We will help them develop the technology and processes necessary to tackle terrorist and extremist content online.
    2. Develop best practices: We already partner with organizations such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Anti-Defamation League and Global Network Initiative to identify how best to counter extremism and online hate, while respecting freedom of expression and privacy. We can socialize these best practices, and develop additional shared learnings on topics such as community guideline development, and policy enforcement.
    3. Counterspeech: Each of us already has robust counterspeech initiatives in place (e.g., YouTube’s Creators for Change, Jigsaw’s Redirect Method, Facebook’s P2P and OCCI, Microsoft’s partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue for counter-narratives on Bing, Twitter’s global NGO training program). The forum we have established allows us to learn from and contribute to one another’s counterspeech efforts, and discuss how to further empower and train civil society organizations and individuals who may be engaged in similar work and support ongoing efforts such as the Civil society empowerment project (CSEP).
We will be hosting a series of learning workshops in partnership with U.N. CTED/ICT4Peace in Silicon Valley and around the world to drive these areas of collaboration.

Further information on all of the above initiatives will be shared in due course.

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Twitter preparing to roll out new look, features on most platforms

All of Twitter’s platforms will be getting an update over the next few days and weeks, although iOS users may see the most change as the iOS client incorporates more of an Android look. Headlining the changes and the leading example of how Twitter is bringing the Android experience to iOS is a new side […]

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Twitter adds all 69 new emoji to its arsenal

Twitter has stepped up its emoji game in a big way. The social network is one of the first platforms to make all 69 Emoji 5.0 icons available to its users, and they include a few new flags, a woman with headscarf, persons with gray hair, the starstru…
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Best Twitter apps

Twitter has been a social media icon for several years now, and its popularity has yet to die down. Really, Twitter hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years, but what has changed are the app extensions that will work right with your account to expand upon Twitter’s awesome, yet minimal features. Today we’re bringing […]

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Twitter is finally ditching its neglected “Buy” button once and for all

Twitter is killing off its “buy” button as it moves away from ecommerce for good. The feature never really took off on the platform despite mobile-commerce features gaining traction on the likes of Messenger and Pinterest.

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Twitter in 2016 was a pretty depressing place to be

Let's not be mealymouthed: 2016 sucked. As a stark reminder, Twitter has released its "Top 10 Global Conversations" for the year, a change from last year's #YearOnTwitter format. This time, it lumped events into categories like #RIP, #Brexit, #Trump…
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Twitter takes a page out of Snapchat’s playbook with the launch of profile QR codes

Well, whaddya know. Keen to try everything it can to boost its stagnating user base, Twitter has taken a page out of Snapchat’s playbook and launched QR codes for profiles.

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Weekly Rewind: New MacBooks, Twitter layoffs, and Airbnb’s NYC struggle

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

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Want to watch the presidential debates? Just head over to Twitter

A new deal brokered between the social media platform and Bloomberg Television will allow the Twitterverse to view a live-stream of all three presidential debates, the first of which is to take place on September 26.

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Twitter makes it slightly easier to interact on iOS

There was a time when a Twitter user on iOS had to click from their timeline all the way into a tweet in order to interact with it or its account. Imagine that: Like, two taps of your finger to share it elsewhere or unfollow that person. Ugh! But Twi…
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Everyone will be able to create Twitter Moments in a few months

Today Twitter announced that it was was opening Moments creation to more brands, media outlets, partners and individuals like activist DeRay Mckesson. That's great and all, but the real news is that in the "coming months" everyone will be able to cre…
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Twitter has finally made a Fabric app to track mobile statistics

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Twitter’s Fabric is a mobile development toolkit and today they have announced a new app. In the past, developers were forced to check Fabric on their computers, but now should be excited to hear that they can view all the stats from their mobile device.

Developers will be able to keep track of the health of their app, see its monthly active users, discover crashes affecting specific users, and more. This should be helpful for developers while on the go or when out of the office.

It also features push notifications about important issues, for example, if your app starts running into major problems like crashing. However, it won’t send you literally every single real-time issue, so don’t worry about being overloaded with notifications. You can also control the notifications for each app. Every alert can also be muted for a few hours if needed.

If you use Fabric to track mobile statistics, you should definitely check out the mobile app. It is available in the App Store or the Play Store,

Twitter is hoping celebs can boost Moments by using exclusive apps

Twitter is helping celebrities on its platform create even more exclusive content by giving them access to a range of exclusive new apps, including a selfie camera. Twitter says the tweets generated will be featured on Moments.

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