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Twitter says world leaders 'not above' its rules

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Twitter says it reserves the right to take 'enforcement action' on offending tweets, including those with threats of violence or the posting of private information

Social networks face quandary on politics in misinformation fight

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms decide to allow politicians including President Donald Trump extra leeway to their rules, seeking to avoid stifling political debate and leaving 'newsworthy' content online

SOCIAL MEDIA. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Twitter admits phone numbers meant for security used for ads

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'When you provided an email address or phone number for safety or security purposes this data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes,' Twitter says

Online reactions: Angkas gets Twitter praise for free rides

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

On Twitter, people express their appreciation for the app-enabled transportation service

Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Twitter 'like'

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The United States embassy apologizes in a tweet, saying the posting had been 'liked by accident'

Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. Police tried to stop around 200 protesters in the Gayrettepe district on the European side of Istanbul who wanted to walk to the famous square in spite of the ban by city authorities. The protesters -- made up of left-wing groups -- unfurled anti-government banners against the result of the April 16 referendum, which handed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers. / AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

Apple 'rejected' Hong Kong mapping app that tracks police activity

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

HKMap is used by Hong Kongers to map locations and points of interest, such as road or railway closures, as well as locations where police activity is occurring

Twitter, TweetDeck outages continue as company works on a fix

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A cause for the downtime has not yet been revealed

TWITTER TROUBLE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows the logo of social networking website 'Twitter' is displayed on a computer screen in London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The direct message filter is rolling out to everyone on iOS, Android, and the Web

Activist Samira Gutoc's Twitter account hacked

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Gutoc says her account was last accessed in Pasay City

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The information release is part of the company's push to improve understanding of how its platform is used by state actors to manipulate public opinion

Inconceivable! Twitter throws fit over possible 'Princess Bride' remake

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'Don't mess with perfection!' Fans of 'The Princess Bride' are furious at the proposal of remaking the 1980s cult classic

Tech firms, U.S. officials talk election protection at Facebook

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:24 PM

'Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,' says Facebook's Nathaniel Gleicher

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. A picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows logos of US social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Twitter nixes tweets by text after CEO account hack

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:11 PM

'We're temporarily turning off the ability to Tweet via SMS, or text message, to protect people's accounts,' Twitter's support team writes on the platform

JACK DORSEY. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter suspends Sherwin Gatchalian's account

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:52 PM

The senator believes the suspension is due to 'malicious reporting'

SUSPENDED. It's still unknown why Senator Sherwin Gatchalian's Twitter account is suspended. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Twitter CEO hack highlights dangers of 'SIM swap' fraud

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Dorsey is a victim of the 'SIM swap' fraud which lets fraudsters trick a mobile carrier into transferring a number, potentially causing a big security hole

JACK DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter CEO account hacked, offensive tweets posted

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Tweets containing racial slurs and suggestions about a bomb appear on the @jack account of Twitter's founder before being deleted after about 30 minutes

HACKED. In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

4chan members spread anti-Semitic messages on Twitter by posing as Jews

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:43 PM

The 4chan post called for members of the /pol board to pose as Jews to spread propaganda and disinformation. They would also accuse people correcting them of being anti-Semites.

Twitter, Facebook accuse China of Hong Kong discord campaign

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The tech giants announce they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign. Twitter says it shut down about 200,000 more before they could inflict any damage.

Twitter to let users follow interests as well as people

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:08 PM

'We are basically rewriting the entire conversation service,' Twitter product team leader Kayvon Beykpour says

Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The revamp comes as the San Francisco-based company seeks to ramp up engagement while managing abusive content

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1 in 5 U.S. Twitter users follows Trump – survey

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The report is based on a survey of 2,388 US adults who use Twitter and gave Pew permission to review their personal public-facing accounts between December 2018 and July 2019

TRUMP AND TWITTER. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event about expanding health coverage options for small businesses and workers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. FIle photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Twitter back up after brief outage

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'We were down... and now slowly coming back up. Sorry! Grateful for our operations and engineering teams for getting us flying again,' Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey writes

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Twitter updates rules, focusing on curbing hate speech against religious groups

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Twitter says it will require hateful tweets targeting specific religious groups to be removed, though accounts tweeting such content before the new rules were in place will not be suspended

Turkey politician faces 17 years for 'insulting' tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the Republican People's Party (CHP)'s Istanbul branch, is accused of 'insulting' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017

CANAN KAFTANCIOGLU. People chant slogans in front of Caglayan court house in Istanbul on June 28, 2019, in support of Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu, who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly 'insulting the Turkish President' in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Twitter announces action against politicians' rule-breaking tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

'In the past, we've allowed certain tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public's interest, but it wasn't clear when and how we made those determinations,' the company says

TWITTER. A woman holds a smartphone with the logo of US social network Twitter, on May 2, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

Trump accuses Twitter of gagging conservatives

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:18 PM

United States President Donald Trump's rant comes as Twitter and other social media platforms recently move to block personalities accused of inciting violence and promoting anti-semitism, among others

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 20, 2019, as he travels to Pennsylvania for a campaign rally. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Twitter apologizes for suspending accounts critical of China

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Twitter says it may have made 'errors' in its ongoing effort to clear up accounts 'engaging in various forms of platform manipulation'

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Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet

May 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

When senator-elect Bong Revilla's wife tweeted demanding Good Manners and Right Conduct and respect toward her husband, she didn't know what was coming

Background photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Fans rallied #ForAlden on Twitter – here's why

May 27, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Fans of Alden Richards tweet #ForAlden to show their appreciation for the actor

[OPINION] To 'woke' people on Twitter: Turn online noise into action

May 21, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Being woke should emphasize how we understand a particular issue and then translate this to offline action

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

'We had one shot': #SalamatChel trends for Twitter's woke lolo

May 14, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Chel Diokno's supporters pour out their heartbreaks and gratitude the morning after the election

Social networks under intense surveillance in Pakistan

May 10, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are once regarded as the last holdouts of dissenting voices, but now that has changed

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

May 09, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies with major bases in the financial hub and journalists' organizations

FAKE NEWS LAWS. This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the Merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". Photo by Theodore Lim/AFP

It's official: 'Avengers: Endgame' most Tweeted about movie of all time

May 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

'Avengers: Endgame' brought in over 50 million tweets since the start of the year! Who were the most talked about MCU characters?

Tesla CEO Musk strikes deal with market regulators over tweets

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The settlement between Musk and the SEC sets out clearer guidelines on topics Musk should avoid on Twitter or other social media, including statements about acquisitions, mergers, new products and production numbers

DEAL. In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP

Twitter shares lift off as profits soar; Trump weighs in

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Twitter's global user base appears to show modest growth even as the company transitions to a different way of measuring it

TWITTER. The Twitter logo is seen on a sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Twitter limits bulk following to thwart spammers

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The total number of accounts that can be added to a user's list was cut to 400 from 1,000, Twitter says

TWITTER. The 'Twitter' website is displayed on a computer screen in London in this September 11, 2013 file photo. File photo by  Leon Neal/AFP

UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Warnings to journalists blur Twitter’s transparency in Pakistan

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Scores of prominent Pakistani journalists and activists have received email warnings from Twitter informing them their tweets are in violation of Pakistan’s laws. The consequences for press freedoms could be dire.

TWITTER IN PAKISTAN. Image by Nika Kobaidze

French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

Twitter hammered as user losses overshadow improving finances

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'The falloff in monthly active users is likely a continuation of Twitter's efforts to remove questionable accounts,' says analyst

Twitter tests 'original tweeter' tag to help users see who started a thread

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The tag should make it easier to determine which posts are from the thread-starter, as well as help weed out copycat posters trying to usurp a thread