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."
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.
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.
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.
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."