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Facebook, Twitter pledge to fight abuse of women but leave lots of room for failure

Facebook, Twitter pledge to fight abuse of women but leave lots...

Four major social media companies yesterday pledged to make efforts to improve the safety of women on their platforms. Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter all signed the pledge in response to the recommendations of a working group of 120 experts organized by the Web Foundation. “For too long, women have been routinely harassed, attacked, and…
Can You Really Make Money on Twitter?

Can You Really Make Money on Twitter?

Photo: Primakov (Shutterstock)Twitter has launched two new features, Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces, that the company says will help creators make money off of their followers. Does this mean you could make a decent living using the social media app? Probably not, unless you already have a huge Twitter following eager to consume your content…
How to Share Tweets Directly to Your Instagram Stories on iOS Instead of Using Screenshots

How to Share Tweets Directly to Your Instagram Stories on iOS...

If you’re an iOS user, you no longer have to go through the tedious process of taking a screenshot of a tweet in your Twitter app, switching over to Instagram, and uploading them separately to your Instagram Stories. Twitter now lets you do this directly with its new Instagram Stories share option.This follows a similar…
SEC struggling to rein in Elon Musk’s tweets, letters reveal

SEC struggling to rein in Elon Musk’s tweets, letters reveal

Enlarge / Elon Musk isn't sure. The Securities and Exchange Commission is having a hard time reining in Elon Musk’s social media use, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The regulator sent Tesla three sternly worded letters between August 2019 and June 2020, asking Tesla’s attorney’s to enforce a 2018 settlement…
Twitter’s latest robo-nag will flag “harmful” language before you post

Twitter’s latest robo-nag will flag “harmful” language before you post

Enlarge / Before you tweet, you might be asked if you meant to be so rude. Want to know exactly what Twitter's fleet of text-combing, dictionary-parsing bots defines as "mean"? Starting any day now, you'll have instant access to that data—at least, whenever a stern auto-moderator says you're not tweeting politely. On Wednesday, members of…
Algorithms were under fire at a Senate hearing on social media

Algorithms were under fire at a Senate hearing on social media

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Enlarge / Chairman Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) (right) speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law hearing April 27, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the effect social media companies' algorithms and design choices have on users and discourse.…
Twitter won’t let federal archivists host Trump’s tweets on Twitter

Twitter won’t let federal archivists host Trump’s tweets on Twitter

The National Archives and Records Administration is a federal agency responsible for preserving historically significant federal records, including tweets from senior government officials. For example, former Trump White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned over control of her official Twitter account to NARA when she left office. Leaving tweets on Twitter makes them easily accessible by…
Russia’s Twitter throttling may give censors never-before-seen capabilities

Russia’s Twitter throttling may give censors never-before-seen capabilities

Enlarge / What's happened to Russia's flag? Russia has implemented a novel censorship method in an ongoing effort to silence Twitter. Instead of outright blocking the social media site, the country is using previously unseen techniques to slow traffic to a crawl and make the site all but unusable for people inside the country. Research…
Clarence Thomas blasts Section 230, wants “common-carrier” rules on Twitter

Clarence Thomas blasts Section 230, wants “common-carrier” rules on Twitter

Enlarge / Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas arrives for the swearing-in of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House on October 8, 2018, in Washington, DC.Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla The US Supreme Court today vacated a 2019 appeals-court ruling that said then-President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking…
Bias, subtweets, and kids: Key takeaways from Big Tech’s latest outing on the Hill

Bias, subtweets, and kids: Key takeaways from Big Tech’s latest outing...

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Enlarge / There was no fancy Hill hearing room for this all-virtual event, so Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey dialed in from... a kitchen. A trio of major tech CEOs—Alphabet's Sundar Pichai, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter's Jack Dorsey—once again went before Congress this week to explain their roles in the social media ecosystem. The hearing…

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