Twitter blames bug for accidentally banning a bunch of accounts

What’s allowed and isn’t allowed on Twitter isn’t always clear. Even though the company has come out with a hateful conduct policy and has unverified and banned some of those who violate it, it still makes a lot of mistakes, like suspending accounts in error. Well, it seems like Twitter has made yet another boo-boo. In the past 24 hours, the company has “banned” over a dozen […]

Continue reading »

Twitter overhauls rules on how it handles abusive behavior

Twitter is revamping the rules for how it expects its users to behave following criticism of how the platform enforces its policies. The new rules, which Twitter released Friday, don’t alter the fundamentals of its previous rules but rather seek to clarify its policies and enforcement. The updates incorporate feedback from the company’s global Trust and Safety Council to include more […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »
1 2 3 6