As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren’t people, says study

A big chunk of those “likes,” “retweets,” and “followers” lighting up your Twitter (TWTR)account may not be coming from human hands. According to new research from the University of Southern California, up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are in fact bots rather than people. The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user […]

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On Twitter, Trump defends foundation, ignores legal controversy surrounding it

President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Sunday night to defend the charitable foundation he has pledged to close, saying the media had not given him enough credit for his generosity and ignoring the legal issues that ensnared the organization in controversy. The Donald J. Trump Foundation has come under intense scrutiny this year after reports in The Washington […]

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Twitter says no to law enforcement protest policing tool

Twitter has cut off access for a tool that law enforcement was using to monitor the social network for protest-specific keywords. Those included “Mikebrown,” “Blacklivesmatter” and “imunarmed” according to documents obtained by The Daily Dot. Media Sonar has been selling social media surveillance software to police departments for thousands of dollars. Twitter, for its part, cut off the firm’s API keys in October […]

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How US police used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to spy on ‘activists of color’

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have all revoked access to a social media monitoring platform that was being marketed to police departments in the US as a method of conducting real-time web surveillance on activists and protesters. The Chicago-based start-up offering the service, called Geofeedia, describes the system as a location-based analytics tool that gives customers the ability to “predict, analyse […]

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Did trolls cost Twitter $3.5bn and its sale?

Twitter might have finally found some motivation to deal with its troll problem. Three and a half billion motivations, really. The company has spent the past few months courting potential buyouts from companies including Google, Disney, and enterprise software firm Salesforce. That last suitor came closest of them all to actually making an offer, apparently driven by the potential of […]

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The hate speech on Twitter reportedly steered Disney away from buying the company

The trolls who take a toll on their fellow Twitter users with alarming regularity have finally taken a toll on Twitter itself. Bloomberg reports that the Walt Disney Co. ditched a potential acquisition of the social-media platform, in part because it did not want the family-friendly Disney brand to be associated with the hate speech and abuse that can be […]

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Twitter NFL broadcast draws audience of 243,000

Twitter Inc.’s high-profile debut live-streaming a National Football League game went off without a glitch Thursday night, but low viewership numbers indicate that most football fans still prefer to watch the game on traditional TV. An average audience of 243,000 viewers per minute watched the New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills via a live-stream broadcast on Twitter, according to […]

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