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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum yesterday at 21:10. 2 comments

Bird Twitter Is My Oasis in Internet Hell

Bird Twitter Is My Oasis in Internet Hell
Alternate InternetThis week, we look at the ways the internet could have been—and could be—different.  

Browsing the internet generally feels exhausting for me. Mostly, it’s because everything is bad. The websites I once visited for “fun” are now saturated with reminders of society’s collapse, brands making painful jokes, lies, outrage, and actual Nazis. I only visit these websites out of habit...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak yesterday at 17:00. 3 comments

Politician Says Cattle Prods Should Be Used on Climate Protesters, Gets Suspended From Twitter

Politician Says Cattle Prods Should Be Used on Climate Protesters, Gets Suspended From Twitter

Australian politician Pauline Hanson has been suspended from Twitter after posting a video earlier this week saying that cattle prods should be used on climate protesters. The suspension, first reported by SBS, will be lifted if she deletes the offending tweet, but Senator Hanson says it’s an example of how conservative voices are being censored on social media.

“The left has bullied Twitter...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier yesterday at 00:30. 7 comments

The First Reactions to It Chapter Two Are All Over the Map

The First Reactions to It Chapter Two Are All Over the Map

The fall movie season stars on September 6 with the release of highly anticipated horror sequel It Chapter Two. Though that’s still over two weeks away, Warner Bros. has begun screening the film for critics. Screenings mean social media reactions, and while lots of people don’t put faith in that kind of early buzz, we think you’ll be especially interested in this case.

Here’s why: The...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 20, 2019 at 23:10. 1 comments

Chinese Official Ironically Says State Media Shouldn't Be Restricted on Facebook and Twitter

Chinese Official Ironically Says State Media Shouldn't Be Restricted on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook and Twitter are blocked in mainland China by the country’s censors, but that hasn’t stopped Chinese state media from using those same social media platforms to spread propaganda about the protests in Hong Kong. And Chinese officials are not happy that both Twitter and Facebook have started to crack down on government-run accounts for spreading disinformation

China’s Foreign Minister,...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 20, 2019 at 05:00. 9 comments

Facebook and Twitter: It Sure Looks Like China's Spreading Bullshit About Hong Kong Protesters

Facebook and Twitter: It Sure Looks Like China's Spreading Bullshit About Hong Kong Protesters

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter this week disclosed their responses to what they characterized as coordinated disinformation campaigns originating in China—specifically tied to pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong—that they believe may be linked to the Chinese government.

Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post on Monday the company...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 19, 2019 at 18:30. 8 comments

China's Biggest Propaganda Agency Buys Ads on Facebook and Twitter to Smear Protesters in Hong Kong

China's Biggest Propaganda Agency Buys Ads on Facebook and Twitter to Smear Protesters in Hong Kong

China’s largest state-run news agency, Xinhua News, is buying ads on Facebook and Twitter to smear protesters in Hong Kong, a new tactic being used to influence how the rest of the world perceives the pro-democracy demonstrators.

An estimated 1.7 million people in Hong Kong, roughly a quarter of its population, took to the streets on Sunday to denounce Beijing’s attempts to interfere in the...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 19, 2019 at 03:03. 19 comments

To Curb Hate Speech Online, Beto O'Rourke Says Hold the Platforms Hosting That Shit Responsible

To Curb Hate Speech Online, Beto O'Rourke Says Hold the Platforms Hosting That Shit Responsible

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke wants to stem the spread of hate speech on the internet after several recent mass shootings, including one in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso earlier this month, have been linked to online extremism. One solution proposed in a recent blog post on his campaign website would hold online platforms accountable for what their users post.

It involves amending a...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 16, 2019 at 20:00. 3 comments

Twitter's Testing Another New Message Filter to Weed Out Abuse in Your DMs

Twitter's Testing Another New Message Filter to Weed Out Abuse in Your DMs

In Twitter’s ongoing crusade against the rampant abuse on its platform that it keeps promising to address (no, legit guys) (this time for realsies), the company recently announced it’s testing a new filter to hopefully help keep trash out of your DMs.

“Unwanted messages aren’t fun,” the company tweeted Thursday in what’s perhaps one of the greatest understatements of the year. So...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 16, 2019 at 01:58. 10 comments

What's an Amazon 'FC Ambassador' and Are They Okay?

What's an Amazon 'FC Ambassador' and Are They Okay?

Amazon employees seem to be taking to Twitter in especially high numbers lately, specifically to dispute talk about how the company is an exhausting, dangerous place to work. It’s creepy. It’s a piss-poor PR strategy. Worst of all, it’s something Amazon already took heat for doing last year.

Thus we took it upon ourselves to shed light on this situation and dispel any confusion reasonable...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 10, 2019.

Wow, Superman's Good at Twitter

Wow, Superman's Good at Twitter

DC’s been doing a weird thing lately—slowly but surely, its iconic trinity has been signing up to Twitter, with their own, in-character accounts. First came Wonder Woman. Superman’s just arrived. Batman is surely inevitable, but for now? Clark Kent may be the unsuspecting king of DC twitter.

As Wonder Woman’s official twitter has been around the longest, it’s given us more of an insight into...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Aug 09, 2019. 6 comments

FBI Plans to Monitor Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Terrorism and Domestic Threats in Real-Time

FBI Plans to Monitor Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Terrorism and Domestic Threats in Real-Time

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is soliciting technology firms to build a tool that can monitor social media for threats.

The agency posted a request for proposals on July 8 claiming it wants a “social media early alerting tool,” that will help it track the use of the platforms by terrorists, criminal organizations, and foreign agencies.

“With increased use of social media platforms by...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 06, 2019. 15 comments

Trump Boosts Fired Google Engineer Who Proposed Richard Spencer Fundraiser, Suggested Skinheads Rebrand

Trump Boosts Fired Google Engineer Who Proposed Richard Spencer Fundraiser, Suggested Skinheads Rebrand

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump finally took the time to issue a (hollow and thoroughly unconvincing ) denunciation of white supremacy in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas over the weekend that collectively resulted in at least 31 deaths and scores of injuries—in the latter case involving a gunman whose manifesto clearly reflected Trump’s racist...

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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Aug 03, 2019. 8 comments

Twitter Under Fire Again for Failing to Ban White Supremacists as Charlottesville Anniversary Nears

Twitter Under Fire Again for Failing to Ban White Supremacists as Charlottesville Anniversary Nears

With the anniversary of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, approaching, Twitter is facing increased pressure from a nationwide coalition of civil rights organizations to once and for all take a stand against the white supremacists that operate freely on its platform.

Facebook and YouTube have taken (with mixed results) at least some action against white...

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Julio Cerezo Julio Cerezo Jul 31, 2019. 9 comments

Así es como escapa un delincuente de la policía con una simple scooter

Así es como escapa un delincuente de la policía con una simple scooter
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFGIF: @mattwhitlockPM en Twitter

Cuando un policía te empieza a seguir y te da las luces, tu ritmo cardíaco se dispara, comienzas a sudar y buscas un sitio cercano para detenerte, ¿no? Bueno, si eres un genio de las motos y te gustan las emociones fuertes (además de ser un poco... ya sabes, delincuente), igual decides...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Jul 30, 2019. 19 comments

A Hacker Stole Capital One Data on 106 Million Customers, and the FBI Says She Tweeted About It

A Hacker Stole Capital One Data on 106 Million Customers, and the FBI Says She Tweeted About It

A hacker swiped credit card applications, Social Security numbers, and bank account information affecting more than 100 million people from Capital One’s server, the bank announced Monday. Authorities say they arrested a suspect, Seattle software engineer Paige Thompson, after she posted about the incident on social media, the New York Times reports.

“I’ve basically strapped myself with a...

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Eduardo Marín Eduardo Marín Jul 26, 2019. 6 comments

Como regresar al diseño de Twitter antiguo en el escritorio con solo un par de clics

Como regresar al diseño de Twitter antiguo en el escritorio con solo un par de clics

Es muy posible que recientemente hayas accedido desde el escritorio a tu red social favorita, esa llena de quejas y comentarios de Elon Musk , y te hayas encontrado con algo completamente distinto, como se ve en la imagen sobre estas líneas. Si deseas volver al diseño anterior de Twitter, aquí tenemos la solución.

¿Tu Twitter te hace feliz? Límpialo de cuentas al estilo Marie Kondo con esta...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 24, 2019. 17 comments

How to Watch Robert Mueller Testify About President Trump's Crimes Today on YouTube, Facebook, and More

How to Watch Robert Mueller Testify About President Trump's Crimes Today on YouTube, Facebook, and More

Former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify on Capitol Hill today about the investigation into various crimes that President Donald Trump committed against the United States. And if you want to watch Mueller’s testimony live, we’ve got you covered.

Mueller will begin testifying at 8:30 am ET/5:30 am PT to the House Judiciary Committee. The former FBI director’s testimony is scheduled to...

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Jul 24, 2019. 2 comments

El creador del botón de retuit reconoce ahora que fue una pésima idea

El creador del botón de retuit reconoce ahora que fue una pésima idea

El hombre detrás del botón de “Retuit” de Twitter, que ha sido prácticamente los cimientos de toda la página, ahora piensa que se equivocó enormemente, y reconocíó a BuzzFeed News en una entrevista que había sido como “darle a un niño de 4 años un arma cargada”.

“Eso es lo que creo que hicimos realmente”, dijo Chris Wetherell, el desarrollador en cuestión.

Wetherell, que ayudó a construir la...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 24, 2019. 9 comments

Guy Who Built Twitter's Retweet Button Admits Maybe That Was a Really Bad Idea

Guy Who Built Twitter's Retweet Button Admits Maybe That Was a Really Bad Idea

The man behind Twitter’s “Retweet” button—which is pretty much the foundation of the whole site—now thinks he screwed up big time, telling BuzzFeed News in an interview that he recalled thinking, “We might have just handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon.”

“That’s what I think we actually did,” added Chris Wetherell, the developer in question.

Wetherell, who helped build the now-defunct Google...

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