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  • Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul

    Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul

    Twitter says that it’s making progress on its plan to review its authentication system, which it’s conducting in the wake of backlash against the social network verifying the account of a white supremacist rally organizer. As a result, it’s going to change how it treats verification of accounts, and will unverify some users “whose behavior does not fall within”… Read More

  • Twitter makes another rule change; this time tackling revenge porn

    Twitter makes another rule change; this time tackling revenge porn

    In the latest of its (likely fruitless) attemptsto govern the seething mob that comprises its user base, Twitter rolled out a change in how it oversees the publication of what it euphemistically referred to as ‘intimate media.’ The latest rule change intends to combat yet another toxic Twitter problem; the prevalence of revenge porn throughout its network. Earlier this year… Read More

  • Twitter shares are skyrocketing after it says it might finally make money soon

    Twitter shares are skyrocketing after it says it might finally make money soon

    It’s been quite a day for Twitter and the West Coast is barely past breakfast. Besides a surprise earnings beat and the decision to ban Russian media firms RT and Sputnik from its advertising platform, the day is also notable for Twitter’s share price jumping 15 percent in early trading on news it could be profitable before the end of this year. Twitter managed to slim its… Read More

  • Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules

    Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to…Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them. The tweet storm was based in a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, as well as work that Dorsey says Twitter has been working ‘intensely’ on over the past few months. Dorsey says that critical decisions were made today in how to go… Read More

  • The sorrow of Biz Stone

    The sorrow of Biz Stone

    A friend of mine wakes up every morning and reports every single instance of crass, homophobic, and racist behavior she sees on Twitter. She sees it as her duty, an ordering of things in an unordered stream. Her efforts are quixotic at best because when she wakes up and rubs the sleep out of her eyes the firehose still rages. Why does she have to do this? Because of Twitter’s success and… Read More

  • Twitter users are calling out participants in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies

    Twitter users are calling out participants in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies

    As the nation recovers from yesterday’s tragic violence caused by pro-nazi and white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville, Va., Twitter users have been mobilizing to identify the participants in the weekend’s events. Since early Sunday morning, the @YesYoureRacist account has been calling on Twitter users to identify participants in the rally. If you recognize… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock

    Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock

    Jack Dorsey is at it again — after purchasing $7 million in Twitter stock back in February, the Twitter CEO bought another $9.5 million today. After making his purchase, Dorsey posted the news on Facebook Twitter, sparking a one percent gain in the company’s share price in after-hours trading. According to an SEC filing, Dorsey purchased 574,002 shares of Twitter stock… Read More

  • Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    With the rise of algorithmic stock trading it’s gotten harder and harder for humans to actually trade strategically. However, now that Trump’s chaotic twitter feed can make or break a company with a single mention, you can easily trade against positive or negative sentiment and make a little money in the process! An app, called Trump2Cash, is partially tongue in cheek but quite… Read More

  • Understanding our new president’s priorities through Twitter Crunch Network

    Understanding our new president’s priorities through Twitter

    While President-elect Donald Trump built a campaign around making America great again, his public statements don’t seem to reflect a similar focus. Because Twitter seems to be the primary source of communication, it’s worth taking a look to see what Mr. Trump prioritizes for the public. Read More

  • Cognovi Labs is watching the U.S. Presidential Election with its predictive, social sentiment tool

    Cognovi Labs is watching the U.S. Presidential Election with its predictive, social sentiment tool

    The main IP of a startup called Cognovi Labs is a tool called Twitris. Twitris uses both human and machine learning to interpret Twitter traffic to predict sentiment. The tool can also quantify a range of emotional reactions that whole regions of the world are collectively feeling. The startup is following a host of election competitions today and publishing their findings on their Twitter feed. Read More

  • Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

    Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

    Over the last year, Twitter has been suspending accounts for promoting terrorism. The social network had already made it public that 125,000 accounts were suspended between mid-2015 and early 2016. Today we learned that Twitter has added an additional 235,000 suspensions, bringing their two-year total to 360,000 accounts. By Twitter’s own admission, quickly identifying accounts… Read More

  • An interview with the anonymous founder of PostGhost

    An interview with the anonymous founder of PostGhost

    PostGhost was a service that stored and displayed the deleted Tweets of celebrities and politicians. Created as a way to keep public discourse honest, Twitter shut it down with a cease and desist warning citing a failure to comply with API rules. The resulting brouhaha led me to track down the anonymous founder and ask him or her a few questions about what happened. TC: Who are you? How… Read More

  • Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

    Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

    PostGhost was a nascent website that archived the tweets of the famous, rich, and important. The site got popular for finding and storing the deleted Tweets of politicians and even Lindsay Lohan who plead with the English PM to #remain. “We created the website postghost.com to provide the public with a more accurate history of public statements made by the most influential public figures… Read More

  • StockTwits raises funding, gets new CEO

    StockTwits raises funding, gets new CEO

    It’s like Twitter, but for the stock market. The inventor of the “cash tag,” StockTwits, is announcing some big changes. Armed with an additional $2 million in funding led by Social Leverage, Ian Rosen, co-founder of Even Financial and former general manager at MarketWatch, will be taking the helm as CEO. StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon will be moving into the executive… Read More

  • “Let me see your phone”

    “Let me see your phone”

    Here’s one for your Friday. An older video, unearthed by Twitter user @iamjamajesty a few days ago has been blowing up on the network. This group poem, performed by Morgan “MoMo” Butler and Malachi Byrd, is one of the best expressions I’ve seen of love and trust in the digital age. “Settings>Privacy Settings>System Services>Location… Read More

  • Twitter signs deal with NFL to live stream Thursday Night Football

    Twitter signs deal with NFL to live stream Thursday Night Football

    In a flurry of news this morning, it would appear that Twitter has won a deal with the NFL that gives the social network the right to stream Thursday Night Football live on the platform. Beyond the live stream of the game, the partnership will also include pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams, as well as in-game highlights from TNF. Bloomberg first reported the news this… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Confirms Departures Of Several Twitter Execs

    Jack Dorsey Confirms Departures Of Several Twitter Execs

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has confirmed the departures of Twitter execs, who oversaw the product, engineering, media and HR teams. Was really hoping to talk to Twitter employees about this later this week, but want to set the record straight now: pic.twitter.com/PcpRyTzOlW — Jack (@jack) January 25, 2016 In a statement, posted to Twitter on Sunday, Dorsey wrote: “I’m sad… Read More

  • Twitter Is Monkeying Around With The Order Of Tweets In Your Timeline

    Twitter Is Monkeying Around With The Order Of Tweets In Your Timeline

    I’ve been told by insiders at Twitter that “nothing is sacred” when it comes to making Twitter “easier to use” and ready to onboard the next few hundred million users that Twitter needs to be a powerhouse in media. The latest tweaks and horsing around have to do with the order of tweets you see in your timeline. The hallmark of Twitter has been the reverse… Read More

  • WTF
    IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s

    IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s

    Looks like IBM needs to reengineer what it thinks about women. A tweet went out on IBM’s official Twitter feed asking women in tech to, I kid you not, “Join the #HackAHairDryer experiment.” Not hack computer software, math problems or something of social impact – a beauty product. According to IBM’s Twitter account, that’s “what matters in… Read More

  • Not Into The Hearts? Twitter Appears To Be Testing Multi-Emoji Reactions

    Not Into The Hearts? Twitter Appears To Be Testing Multi-Emoji Reactions

    Yes, the fav turned into a like. The star turned into a heart. Some tweeters were not very happy about this change even though Twitter said engagement was just fine — increased among new users, in fact. Today, we’ve learned that Twitter, which tests many things all of the time, is letting folks play with the ability to share reactions in multiple ways by way of emojis. Forget… Read More

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