Tag Archives: Twitter

Far-right accounts lose Twitter verified tick

Twitter has stripped several far-right accounts of their “verified” badge, after changing its policy. Among them are Jason Kessler who helped organise a far-right march in Charlottesville, and white supremacist Richard Spencer. English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson also had his badge removed. Twitter said the badge was being interpreted as an “endorsement or an indicator of importance” and said ...

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Donald Trump Jr releases Twitter exchanges with Wikileaks

Donald Trump Jr has released private Twitter correspondence with anti-secrecy website Wikileaks after a US magazine revealed they had communicated shortly before his father’s election. The Atlantic magazine revealed the organisation had asked Mr Trump Jr for co-operation and information. The group published leaks of Clinton campaign emails during the election. Mr Trump Jr’s lawyers handed the Twitter direct messages ...

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Twitter criticised for ‘erasing’ bisexual photos

Twitter is being criticised for failing to show any photos under the bisexual hashtag. Some are calling it bi-erasure, as photo results for “lesbian” and “gay” still exist. Users are pointing out that when you search #bisexual, a message appears on the photos tab stating: “The term you entered did not bring up any results.” Twitter say there was no “erasure” ...

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Twitter’s rewritten rules published

Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them. It is part of a series of changes as the social network tries to address complaints of abuse and harassment on its website. It said the changes reflected the “latest trends in online behaviour”. However, anticipated new policies relating ...

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Twitter employee ‘deactivated’ Trump account on last day

US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly vanished on Thursday, but has since been restored, the social media company has said. It said that the @realdonaldtrump account was “deactivated” by an employee, later clarifying that it was their last day in the job. The account was down for 11 minutes, and Twitter is now investigating. Mr Trump – who is an active ...

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Social media firms under scrutiny for ‘Russian meddling’

Facebook, Twitter and Google lawyers defended themselves to US lawmakers probing whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election. The three firms faced hard questions at a Senate panel on crime and terrorism about why they missed political ads bought with Russian money. Lawmakers are eyeing new regulations for social media firms in the wake of Russia’s alleged ...

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Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter

Roger Stone, a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump, has been suspended from Twitter after using the network to attack journalists. Stone, who advised Trump during his presidential campaign, said he had been told he had violated Twitter’s rules. His suspension came hours after he used abusive and homophobic language to target journalists, including a gay CNN presenter, Don Lemon. Twitter has ...

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Twitter promises more ad transparency

Twitter has pledged to make advertising more transparent as it attempts to fend off proposed new regulations. It said it would be clearer about who funded ads and to what end, especially those pushing a political agenda. The company, like several tech firms, is keen to show it can self-regulate after it was found that Russian-backed groups were exploiting its ...

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Twitter’s co founder vows to change anti-harassment policies

Jack Dorsey got the message. Probably. All day Friday, many women refused to tweet in protest of Twitter’s decision to suspend actress Rose McGowan’s account as she spoke out against Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Late Friday night, Dorsey — Twitter’s co-founder and CEO — responded to the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement. Protesters compared the company’s enforcement of a 12-hour suspension after ...

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Twitter’s Russia briefings ‘inadequate’ – US senators

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has criticised Twitter for offering an “inadequate” appearance in briefings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Democratic Senator Mark Warner said the briefings were “deeply disappointing”. The social network earlier said it had shut down about 200 accounts linked to a Russian misinformation campaign. It follows a review by Facebook which found Russian-funded ...

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