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Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for breaking rules

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The Wall Street Journal reveals Michael Bloomberg hired around 500 people in California at $2,500 a month to regularly post messages supporting him on social media and to send text messages to their friends

Justice chief blasts Trump's tweets for making job 'impossible'

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:58 AM

'I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,' says US Attorney General Bill Barr

Twitter surges as global user growth revives

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The company ends the year with 152 million 'monetizable' daily active users – its preferred measure of its base – up 21% from a year earlier

Twitter moves to curb manipulated content including 'deepfakes'

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Twitter says its new policy calls for a mix of warning 'labels' for tweets that include manipulated images or video, and removal of the tweets

Twitter launches coronavirus search prompt to fight disinformation

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

When users search for terms related to the 2019 novel coronavirus, a search prompt suggests looking into accounts of authoritative health sources in concerned countries

How Twitter reacted to Kobe Bryant's death

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Kobe Bryant's death sent shockwaves throughout the world, with fellow stars, celebrities and political figures expressing disbelief at the news

epa08168075 (FILE) US President Barack Obama (R) receives a LA Lakers team jersey and signed basketball from Kobe Bryant (C) and Derek Fisher (L) at an event welcoming the NBA Finals Champion Los Angeles Lakers to the White House to honor their 2008-2009 season, in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 25 January 2010 (reissued 26 January 2020). According to media reports former US basketball player Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, USA on 26 January 2020. He was 41. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Twitter tests feature that lets you control who can reply to your tweets

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Currently in test phase, the feature lets you choose whether you want everybody to be able to reply, just your followers, or no one at all

TWITTER. Twitter branding is displayed ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5, 2020. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

'Free Netflix,' chats with women used as lure in campaign for bill in India – reports

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Twitter users notice a growing number of what appear to be fake Indian accounts telling people to call a number supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act in exchange for free Netflix accounts or chats with lonely women

Twitter blocks Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The platform says some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed 'information operations'

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter said Friday, December 21, it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a

Filipina sisters make it to PH top tweets in 2019

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Here's why Brianna and Samantha Rubia's posts have become the most retweeted in the Philippines

#WhatDid2019TeachYou: Netizens wrap up 2019 with lessons of hope

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Looking for a positive note to end 2019 with? Read how the rest of the internet is doing so, here.

A great year to be cancelldt: Top 6 ‘Woke Twitter’ debates of 2019

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Here are the most engaging, enlightening, and controversial PH Twitter arguments of the year

BTS, EXO most tweeted about K-pop groups in PH for 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:22 PM

In 3rd place is BLACKPINK! Did your favorite group make it to Twitter Philippines' list?

Maine Mendoza, Maymay Entrata most tweeted about PH celebs of 2019

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The two are followed by Kisses Delavin and Alden Richards

Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:18 AM

CEO Jack Dorsey announces he would fund an independent team of five architects, engineers, and designers – dubbed Bluesky – to develop an 'open and decentralized standard for social media'

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

#WeSwimAsOne trends as Filipino workers brave Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Workers who have to be on duty share funny tweets and memes about their situation while others give words of encouragement and some safety reminders

Annoyed by NDRRMC alerts about Typhoon Tisoy? Twitter users sound off

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:58 PM

You're not alone. But these alerts are helpful!

Twitter accounts inactive for more than 6 months to be removed

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:09 PM

If you want to keep your Twitter account that you haven't logged in to for the past 6 months, you'll need to sign back in before December 11, 2019

U.S. urges social media platforms to block Iran officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The call comes after the Iranian government imposed a near-total Internet blackout amid violent protests

A man holds a smartphone connected to a Wifi network without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader on November 17 threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives". Access to the internet has been restricted since demonstrations broke out two days prior, after a decision by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, according to a report by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Former Trump advisor accuses White House of blocking Twitter access

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:06 PM

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham says John Bolton simply didn't know how to use the platform

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

Twitter lets users 'hide' off-course replies to tweets

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Users are now able to 'hide' tweeted replies that could be seen as abusive or harassing

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Twitter accuses UK of misleading public in election row

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Twitter accuses Britain's Conservatives of misleading the public by rebranding themselves as fact-checkers during a live television debate

TWITTER AND THE UK. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

NBA Philippines hits jackpot with Facebook, Twitter livestreaming

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers are online kings as their early games generate 5 million total views and 3.9 million total viewers on NBA Philippines Facebook

THE KING. LeBron James is arguably the most followed NBA player in the Philippines and the Lakers are one of the more popular teams in the country, so it was a no-brainer why their games attracted millions in Filipino viewers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed,' Twitter says in its new policy.

Twitter seeking input on future policy for deepfakes

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Twitter wants your feedback on how it should treat synthetic or manipulated media – photos, audios, and videos 'significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning'

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Twitter offering 'topics,' from sports teams to K-pop

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The new 'Topics' option is expected to be available to Twitter users on mobile devices powered by Android or Apple software or through web browsers by November 13

TWITTER TOPICS. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

3 charged in U.S. with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Two Saudis and 1 US citizen allegedly worked together on behalf of Riyadh to unmask ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts, the US Justice Department says

Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Chief executive Jack Dorsey says the new policy, details of which will be unveiled next month and enforced from November 22, would ban ads on political issues as well as from candidates

[EDITORIAL] Bibliya ng Facebook: OK lang magsinungaling, basta may K ka

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:12 AM

A new world order is emerging where a social media platform like Facebook is king. And who checks Facebook? No one.

Twitter tumbles as 'bugs' hit revenue growth

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Twitter says revenue was hit by 'bugs' on the platform which made it harder to deliver targeted advertising to mobile users

Where to watch NBA 2019-2020 games for free

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Filipino fans can now catch blockbuster NBA games online for free

LA STARS. Kawhi Leonard LeBron James will feature in the Battle for Los Angeles between the Clippers and the Lakers. File photos by Harry How/AFP (Leonard) and Patrick Smith/AFP (James)

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