Tag: Twitter

Either Herman Cain Is Tweeting From Beyond the Grave or Someone Is Using His Twitter Account to Bash Biden and Harris

Herman Cain, left center, and supporters of “Black Voices for Trump” listen to him speak during a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo: Nicholas Kamm (Getty Images) It has been tough watching the scores of Republicans openly weep after learning that one of their beloved GOP soldiers, […]

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HBO Max Will Allow Viewers to Watch On the Record for Free for a Limited Time

On the Record (2020)Photo: HBO Max Since its debut, On the Record has reignited a longtime conversation on the importance of standing up for and protecting Black women. One of the standout issues, however, is that the film isn’t getting the mass attention it deserves, as has been expressed by the survivors featured in the […]

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Twitter’s new API encourages devs to craft powerful third-party apps and useful bots

Twitter‘s had a rocky relationship with third-party developers creating apps on top of the service. Over the years, it has introduced limitations for apps such as the active number of tokens and the number of actions (you know, tweets, retweets, likes, and DMs) within a time frame, making it difficult to craft things like alternative Twitter clients. But […]

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Google, Facebook and Others Form Tech Coalition to Secure U.S. Election

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, Google and other major tech companies said on Wednesday that they were forming a coalition to promote discussions with government agencies to secure the November election. The group, which is part of an effort to prevent the kind of online meddling and foreign interference that sullied the 2016 presidential election, plans […]

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UC Berkeley’s Niloufar Salehi on restorative justice in social media

Victims of stalking, harassment, hate, election interference, and other abuses have for years argued that we need to rethink the way social media functions. But a consensus has been growing in recent weeks among people tired of the way social media works today, with advocates for reform ranging from civil rights groups to antitrust regulators […]

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Twitter Will Soon Translate Tweets For You

Twitter is used by people all over the world, and as such, tweets can come in many different languages. Generally speaking, tweets made in a particular language are usually targeted towards people who speak that language, but at the same time, we’re sure that some of you might be curious as to what those tweets […]

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Twitter rolls out new reply controls to combat trolls

In an effort to make Twitter seem less like a cesspool, the company is rolling out new settings that will allow all users to control who can reply to tweets. Twitter began testing the feature earlier this year and said the results of that experiment convinced it to make the tools available to all users starting […]

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Social Cinematography: Ava DuVernay to Produce Docuseries Based on ‘One Perfect Shot’ Twitter Account

Ava DuVernay speaks onstage during the 2020 13th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on February 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif.Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for ESSENCE (Getty Images) If you’ve been on Twitter for a good amount of time, you’ve probably seen whole-ass relationships, babies, careers, projects and deals materialize from Twitter. “It’s not […]

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Belarus Is Trying to Block Parts of the Internet Amid Historic Protests

On Sunday, thousands of people poured onto the streets of cities in Belarus to protest the result of the presidential election, which saw the long-time president Alexander Lukashenko win with 80 percent of the vote. The government has responded by arresting protesters, and attempting to block parts of the internet.  On Monday, Twitter announced that […]

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Georgia High School That Suspended Kids After Posting Photos at School Has 9 Cases of Coronavirus

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The Georgia high school that suspended students who posted photos showing packed hallways and mask-less teens has reported nine cases of COVID-19 among students and staff. North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, will temporarily shift to remote learning Monday and Tuesday […]

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Trump and Anthony Scaramucci Get Into Twitter Spat After the Former White House Employee Says He’s Voting for Biden

Anthony ScaramucciPhoto: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) There is a trend with ex-employees of the Trump administration and it looks like this: Bash the president that they once happily served—which is why it will always be fuck all of them. Fuck Omarosa. (Where is she, anyway?) Fuck John Kelly, James Mattis, John Bolton, H.R. McMaster, and […]

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Jimmy Lai: Does Hong Kong Have a Fighting Chance Against China?

ImagePresident Xi Jinping of China reaching to vote in favor of new national security laws for Hong Kong during the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday.Credit…Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press Editors’ Note, Aug. 10, 2020: Jimmy Lai, the founder and majority owner of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, was arrested in Hong Kong […]

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How Trump Allies Work the Refs in Silicon Valley

One of the oddest moments during last month’s tech hearings on Capitol Hill came when a Florida congressman darkly hinted that Google was making it difficult for him to find a website he was looking for, The Gateway Pundit. Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, wearing a dark suit and the forced solemnity of an undertaker, […]

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Washington Football Team Is Really Struggling To Find A New Twitter Hashtag

Change is tough for everybody, especially when you are suddenly changing a team’s nickname after decades of protests and pleas from people insisting your football team’s logo and nickname was offensive to an entire group of people. For many, Washington’s NFL team losing its racist nickname is a long overdue decision that was made despite […]

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Twitter Reportedly Trying To Buy TikTok Had Lots Of People Making Vine Jokes

Donald Trump’s attempt to ban TikTok has turned into a bidding war of sorts to acquire the United States portion of its operation. The Chinese-owned social media platform has become an antagonist of sorts to the president, and his apparent concerns over privacy issues has sparked an interesting digital conversation, especially on his favorite platform: […]

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Deion Sanders Blasts Athletes Who Are Opting-Out of Playing This Year Because of COVID-19: ‘The Game Will Go On Without You’

Photo: Maddie Meyer (Getty Images) There’s something especially disgusting about a Black person who eagerly jumps at any opportunity to publicly tell Black people they are expendable and that their value is determined by how much they can provide and perform for white people. Advertisement As The Root reported, 66 NFL players—many of them Black […]

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Why These Twins Can Make Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Trend 47 Years After Release

There are few things more intoxicating than introducing someone to a band you know they’ll love. The YouTube channel TwinsTheNewTrend is that experience distilled. Friday, “Jolene” was trending on Twitter, and not for anything in particular that Dolly Parton has said or done. People on Twitter were simply charmed by Tim and Fred Williams, two […]

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Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s Mistakes

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s Mistakes It’s been four years since the 2016 election laid bare the powerful role that social media companies have come to play in shaping political discourse and beliefs in America. Since then, there have been growing calls to address the spread of polarization and misinformation promoted on […]

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Twitter begins labeling state-affiliated media and government officials

In the age of social media, Twitter is one of the primary ways governments and politicians speak to their constituents–and how they can potentially spread propaganda. Following a similar move by Facebook, Twitter will soon begin to label accounts strongly associated with governments. Twitter is providing two distinct labels: One for “key government officials, including […]

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Study: Instagram’s algorithm favored Trump over Biden

Conservatives have long accused social media platforms of being politically biased. A new report suggests they might be right — but not in the way they claim. The Tech Transparency Report (TTP) found that Instagram pushed searches about Joe Biden towards negative hashtags about the former vice president, but blocked them for President Trump. The action […]

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Facebook, Twitter Tell Trump Campaign ‘You Ain’t Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get the Hell Out of Here’ for Lying About COVID-19

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) On the same day that LeBron James said the NBA won’t miss Trump as a viewer, apparently Facebook and Twitter kept that same energy about Melania’s baby daddy and his campaign being on their platforms. Advertisement As the Washington Post reports, both social media juggernauts have been on a crusade […]

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Climate “Realism” Is the New Climate Denial

Peaks in tweeting activity on alarmism and realism often correspond to high-profile speeches by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg; the highest level of alarmism/realism tweeting activity came on the day of Greta’s famous “How Dare You” speech during the U.N. Climate Summit. This is consistent with a longstanding pattern others have observed as well: The climate […]

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Facebook removes Trump post for violating coronavirus misinformation rules

(Reuters) — Facebook on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19. […]

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Devin Booker Reminds NBA Twitter He Isn’t Human After Buzzer-Beater Breaks the Internet

Screenshot: @NBAonTNT The best thing about the NBA restart is that outside of the Washington Wizards—and whatever towering pile of chimpanzee shit that the Brooklyn Nets trot out—every team is legit. So every single game has the very real potential to keep us on the edge of our seats and become headline news. Advertisement That’s […]

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You Don’t Hate Charcuterie, You Just Hate Rich People

The difference between mimicking class aesthetics and actually being a member of a different class can now be succinctly summed up in how you feel about charcuterie boards. Yesterday, Twitter user Cheesybeaver posted a picture of a charcuterie board adorned pleasingly with pickles, meats, and cheeses, which she ate for lunch. Someone else quote tweeted […]

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Bill Russell Tweets From the Afterlife to Remind Everyone That Yes, He Is Still Very Much Alive

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Bill Russell is an 11-time NBA champion, a civil rights icon and one of the most gregarious men you will ever meet—or would’ve met, rather, considering people keep mistaking the 86-year-old ageless wonder for dead. Advertisement On Sunday, the Boston Celtics extinguished the Portland Trail Blazers 128-124 in a game […]

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F.T.C. Investigating Twitter for Potential Privacy Violations

OAKLAND, Calif. — Twitter said on Monday that it was under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for potentially misusing people’s personal information to serve ads, adding that it faced fines of $150 million to $250 million. In a corporate filing, Twitter disclosed that the F.T.C. began the investigation last October after it had linked […]

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From Minecraft Tricks to Twitter Hack: A Florida Teen’s Troubled Online Path

For Graham Ivan Clark, the online mischief-making started early. By the age of 10, he was playing the video game Minecraft, in part to escape what he told friends was an unhappy home life. In Minecraft, he became known as an adept scammer with an explosive temper who cheated people out of their money, several […]

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