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Twitter pauses verification program after giving white supremacist the coveted blue tick

posted onNovember 12, 2017
by l33tdawg

Head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has admitted that the company's verification system is "broken" after a blue tick was awarded to white supremacist Jason Kessler. There was a backlash this week after Kessler -- who helped to arrange the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville earlier in the year -- had his Twitter account verified.

Responding to the negative reaction this prompted, Twitter announced that its verification program has been paused. The company also said that the verification tick had been largely misinterpreted by people.

Twitter says it shuttered 235k accounts linked to terrorism in 6 months

posted onAugust 18, 2016
by l33tdawg

Twitter said Thursday it has shut down 235,000 accounts linked to violent extremism in the last six months alone. That brings the total number of terminated Twitter accounts associated with terrorism to 360,000 since mid-2015.

San Francisco-based Twitter, which had come under fire for allegedly not doing enough to crack down on extremist speech on its site, said it condemns acts of terrorism and that it is "committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform."

Twitter Has a New App, But This One’s Just for Coders

posted onFebruary 24, 2016
by l33tdawg

For the just the second time in its history, Twitter has built a new smartphone app.

Sure, Twitter offers apps like Vine and Periscope. But it bought those. The company’s new app is the first Twitter has built from scratch since, well, the Twitter app itself. That’s a big deal—but, as it turns out, only if you speak code.

Twitter fixes buggy update which caused worldwide crash

posted onJanuary 21, 2016
by l33tdawg

Social notworking site Twitter says it has fixed the buggy software which caused a worldwide outage yesterday.

Users from Scandinavia to Saudi Arabia to South Africa reported outages. India and Russia also suffered performance issues, according to a Twitter technical site.

Both Twitter’s Internet and mobile services began experiencing outages concentrated in northern Europe around 0820 GMT. Intermittent breakdowns later spread to the United States and Canada in the early part of their working day.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Hints Its 140 Character Limit Could End

posted onJanuary 6, 2016
by l33tdawg

Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.

Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter is currently considering a 10,000 character limit, according to these sources. That’s the same character limit the company uses for its Direct Messages product, so it isn’t a complete surprise.

Chinese still 'jumping' firewall to use Twitter

posted onNovember 5, 2015
by l33tdawg

China's blocking of Twitter has failed to keep activists, journalists and others from using the messaging platform to connect with the rest of the world, said a study released Wednesday.

The study by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society said it was not possible to estimate the number of Chinese Twitter users but said that "this alternative venue is enjoyed by various groups of people with diverse shared interests that gravitate towards three main areas: politics, technology, and entertainment."

Twitter launches new Public Policy and Transparency page

posted onNovember 5, 2015
by l33tdawg

It has been all change at Twitter recently. After increasing the number of accounts users are able to follow, and switching the Favorite star for a Like heart, Twitter today takes the wraps off a new Public Policy and Transparency page.

This is a central hub for information about Twitter's policies relating to freedom of speech, privacy, security, and corporate responsibility, as well as being a home for transparency-related information. It's also the place to go to find out how Twitter is handling government surveillance and online legal issues.

Twitter Ditching Stars Is All About Snagging New Users

posted onNovember 4, 2015
by l33tdawg

Twitter just replaced its star icon with a heart button, and its users have plenty to say about the change.

Among the haters, jokesters, and armchair UX critics that commented on the switch, the most commonly echoed sentiment seemed to be: Twitter doesn’t get us. Right as Facebook announces that it will give users a broader palette for expressing themselves, Twitter decides to limit its user’s reactions to feel-good ones only.

Russian hackers use Twitter to cover their tracks

posted onJuly 30, 2015
by l33tdawg

Russian hackers have figured out a way to use Twitter to communicate with malware that’s infected target computers, allowing them to cover their tracks while making their way into confidential government computer systems.

The hackers upload special images to the social media site that stealthily transmit directions to installed malware that can then steal files or other unwanted actions, reported the Financial Times. The advantage of this approach is that targeted computer systems don’t register the intrusion. It looks like just another Tweet.