Tag: Twitter

We found every tweet about AI from Democratic presidential hopefuls — it didn’t take long

In the era of Trumpian politics the public forum is no longer the evening news or the morning paper: it’s Twitter. We decided to see which politicians were embracing the platform to discuss what we feel will be one of the most important issues of their potential presidency: artificial intelligence. What we found wasn’t good. […]

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AI uses tweets to help researchers analyze floods

Social media gets a lot of negative press, but there’s more to Twitter and Facebook than botnets, memes, and political trolls. In a research paper preprint on Arxiv.org (“Integrating Social Media into a Pan-European Flood Awareness System: A Multilingual Approach“), scientists at the Joint Research Center, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, detail a […]

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Donald Trump complained to Twitter CEO about losing followers

(Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump met with Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on Tuesday and spent a significant time questioning him about why he had lost some Twitter followers, a person briefed on the matter said. The meeting, which was organized by the White House last week, came hours after Trump again attacked […]

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Trump Complained About Losing Followers To Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Because Of Course He Did

Getty Image Complaining about Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough in a weird Twitter rant wasn’t the only viral (or Twitter adjacent) thing that Donald Trump did today. The President of the United States and his staff also hosted none other than Twitter’s co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, whose comments (or lack thereof) regarding his platform’s […]

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Twitter is slowly perfecting the art of inventing nonsensical performance metrics

In its latest effort to innovate around its business model of opacity, Twitter officially today unveiled its latest self-invented metric, dubbed “monetizable daily active usage.” Naturally, this being Twitter, the company decided to retire the more standard Monthy Active User metric during a quarter in which it announced MAUs were actually good, MAUs rose to […]

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What’s the Best Way to Keep Incendiary, Violent Content Offline?

In early April, in the anxious days of mourning after the massacres at two New Zealand mosques, the Australian government passed what it called the Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material bill. The hastily drafted law called for fines of up to 10 percent of annual revenue or three years of jail time for technology executives […]

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Twitter beats expectations with revenue of $787 million, as monthly users rise to 330 million

Twitter has announced Q1 2019 revenues of $787 million — a year-on-year (YoY) increase of around 20%. However, after reporting record $909 million income for the last quarter, this represents a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decrease of roughly 14%. Twitter did caution shareholders during its previous earnings call that it expected revenues to drop to between $715 […]

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Luke Perry’s Upcoming Final Episode Of ‘Riverdale’ Contains A ‘Beautiful Moment’

Jack Rowand for The CW On March 4th, nearly a week after suffering a massive stroke, actor Luke Perry died at the age of 52. Fans, colleagues and industry professionals alike remembered him as a genuinely nice person in an otherwise not-so-nice business, as well as one of the coolest guys of the ’90s television […]

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After Social Media Bans, Militant Groups Found Ways to Remain

SAN FRANCISCO — In July 2013, a broadcaster affiliated with the Islamist group Hezbollah posted a threatening video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It featured gun-toting militants practicing an ambush to kidnap Israeli soldiers. The message: This is how we kill you. In December, the broadcaster posted another video that showed how Hezbollah’s social media […]

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HBO Tells Real Life Night King to Kill It With Game of Thrones Memes

Screenshot: Twitter HBO knows that all of us are super-hype about this last season of Game of Thrones, and yes, that includes the Night King and his White Walkers but they don’t want old blue eyes using GOT for his political bullshit. Shortly after the president’s hype man, and America’s top cop William Barr gave […]

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Twitter says it now proactively surfaces 38% of abusive content

In a candid blog post today, Twitter gave an update on its ongoing effort to tamp down on hateful speech, threats, and other abusive behaviors on its platform. It says that in the first three months of this year, it suspended 100,000 account holders who created new accounts following an initial suspension (a 45% year-over-year […]

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Trump Calls Rep. Ilhan Omar ‘Very Disrespectful’ During Visit to Minnesota, Refuses to Apologize for Incendiary Tweet

Image: Donald Trump returns to the White House following a trip to Burnsville, Minnesota on April 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. ((Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)) A week after fanning the flames of Islamophobia and vitriol directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) with a tweet, Trump used his time with a Minnesota news affiliate to […]

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Eartha Kitt and the Slap Unheard Around The World— Until Jackée Harry Told Everyone About It

(L-R): Actress Eartha Kitt arrives at the after party for ‘The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration’ January 30, 2006 in New York City. ; Actress Jackie Harry arrives to the live show and holiday party for ‘Vivica’s Black Magic,’ premiering January 4th on December 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Scott Gries (Getty Images), […]

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It’s Time to Delete Your Tweets. It’s Not That Easy.

The most generous interpretation of Twitter’s history is that it’s a company that has learned a lot from the way people use its product. After early users started reposting each others’ tweets accompanied with an “RT” label, Twitter built retweets. After a user proposed using a pound sign to create groups, and people starting doing […]

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Techathlon Podcast: Social media’s rules, expensive digital hats, and the week’s biggest tech news

Apple recently made some serious tweaks to its podcasts on the web. While listening used to require opening up lumbering dinosaur that is iTunes to enjoy the sweet sounds of Techathlon, you can now just hit this link and press play. Some reports say this is the beginning of the end for iTunes as the […]

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Pakistani Women Rise Against Patriarchy

KARACHI, Pakistan — On International Women’s Day in Pakistan last month, thousands of exuberant young feminists staged their second Aurat (women’s) March. Intended to build on the success of a well-received march last year, it was designed to be inclusive, peaceful and raucously joyful. It had women from all walks of life, some in Western […]

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Sarah Sanders Is Getting Dragged For Claiming Congress Isn’t ‘Smart Enough’ To Read Trump’s Tax Returns

Getty Image Democrats in Congress are adamant about getting a hold of President Donald Trump’s tax returns one way or another, as evidenced by the House Ways and Means Committee issuing a formal request that the IRS hand over six years of personal and business documents. Those closest to Trump don’t seem particularly concerned that […]

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Seth Rogen Was Delighted To Make A Cameo In A Re-Edited ‘Star Wars’ Trailer

[embedded content] Share This Video Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the teaser for Star Wars: Episode IX — which we now know is called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — during Star Wars Celebration on Friday, the multi-day event celebrating the beloved science fiction franchise. And suffice to say, most fans (since there will always […]

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