Trump taunts North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, says he won’t call him ‘short and fat’

Sunday, 12 November 2017

US President Donald Trump has traded messages over social media platform Twitter declaring he would never call North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as ‘‘short and fat’’ on Sunday, according to BBC. The spam of tweets took place after Trump’s official welcoming ceremony in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. He expressed his thoughts on a range of subjects from relations with Russia, China’s efforts to rein in North Korea, and sarcastic message about his offer ...

Twitter doubles character limit to 280 for (nearly) everyone

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Twitter says it’s ending its iconic 140-character limit - and giving nearly everyone 280 characters.Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That’s because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.The company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit. People end up spending more time editing tweets or don’t send them out at all. Twitter hopes that the expanded limit will get more people tweeting ...

Outgoing Twitter worker responsible for Trump account outage

Friday, 3 November 2017

A Twitter employee on their last day with the firm was responsible for taking down Donald Trump’s account, the firm said Thursday, as the president resumed tweeting after the 11-minute outage.Visitors to @realDonaldTrump around 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) were greeted with the message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”Twitter initially said the account had been “inadvertently deactivated due to human error”, but later indicated it was a prank by a departing ...

WEF report: Tech firms must do more on extremism

Monday, 30 October 2017

US tech firms such as Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said on Monday. The study from the Swiss nonprofit organization adds to a chorus of calls for Silicon Valley to stem the spread of violent material from ISIS militants and the use of their services by alleged Russian propagandists. Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc’s Google will go ...

How one hashtag led to Iceland government collapse over pedophile furor

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Icelanders, angry over a string of political scandals, ousted their centre-right government in an election that could pave the way for a charismatic young opposition leader to form a left-leaning coalition, final vote counts showed on Sunday.Incumbent Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson called the snap election in September, after less than a year in government as a scandal involving his father prompted the Bright Future party to drop out of his ruling coalition, citing a breach of ...

Trump defends tweets as key to White House victory

Sunday, 22 October 2017

US President Donald Trump defended his regular use of social media, especially Twitter, and said he may not have won the White House without it. In an interview airing on Sunday on “Fox Business Network,” Trump says he can bypass what he labels unfair media coverage by speaking directly. “Tweeting is like a typewriter -- when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show,” he said, according to a transcript released by the network. “I ...

Twitter toughens guidelines on harassment

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Twitter has toughened its stance on online sexual harassment and abuse, laying out stronger penalties for misconduct on the social media platform in an email to its Trust and Safety Council published by Wired late on Tuesday. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm that the email published by the micro-blogging site was genuine. Twitter did not respond to requests for comment. In a series of tweets on Friday, the social media company’s Chief Executive Jack ...

Twitter CEO vows to police sexual harassment, hate, violence

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promising the company will do a better job weeding out sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups from its short messaging service.The pledge issued in a series of tweets late Friday followed a boycott organized by women supporting actress Rose McGowan after she said Twitter temporarily suspended her account for posting about the alleged misconduct of film producer Harvey Weinstein.The movie mogul was fired last Sunday by the company he co-founded amid ...

Google is searching for evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Google says it is digging into its vaults for evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after Virginia Sen. Mark Warner slammed Twitter for a response to a congressional probe he called inadequate. The search giant said in a statement Friday evening that it is cooperating with inquiries and is looking for how it can help with any relevant information. Google, Facebook and Twitter have all been invited to appear at public hearings in October by the House intelligence committee and Nov. 1 ...

Google, Facebook, Twitter asked to testify in Russia probe

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked top tech companies Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify about Russian interference in US politics, a Senate aide confirmed Wednesday.The three internet and online social media giants are expected to appear on November 1 in an open hearing on the rising evidence that they were covertly manipulated in a campaign to help Donald Trump win the presidency.Before that they could also testify in the House Intelligence Committee: Representatives Mike Conaway ...

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