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Facebook & Twitter make political advertisers jump hoops with new restrictive policies

Facebook and Twitter, under pressure from the US for allowing alleged “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election, will now require a convoluted registration process for anyone wanting to run political ads on their platforms. Bruce Falck, the general manager of revenue product at Twitter, unveiled the new company policy for political ads in a blog post on Thursday. In line ...

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Republicans challenge Facebook & Twitter on anti-conservative bias

The GOP and Trump 2020 campaign have called on social media giants to prove that their platforms are not biased against conservatives. Facebook and Twitter have been accused of suppressing right-wing users. “We are alarmed by numerous allegations that Facebook has blocked content from conservative journalists and groups, and Twitter has hidden such content from conservative users’ followers,” says the ...

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It’s unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter

A uniquely 21st-century constitutional question received a satisfying answer today from a federal judge: President Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it constitutes a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court also ruled he must unblock all previously blocked users. “No government official is above the law,” the judge concluded. The question was an aspect of a suit ...

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Twitter suffers brief outage across Europe & US

Social media users have reported a major Twitter outage across Europe and the US on Tuesday. Downdetector received reports of an outage from Egypt to Washington DC before the social media site returned to its former working glory. Outage Report, another site dedicated to monitoring the internet’s systematic malfunctions, received over 1,400 reports of a Twitter outage in 20 minutes ...

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Twitter is killing several of its TV apps, too

Twitter is shutting down its TV apps on Roku, Android TV and Xbox starting on May 24, the company announced this morning. The news of the apps’ closure comes at a time when Twitter is now trying to steer its users to its first-party mobile apps and its desktop website by killing off apps used by a minority of its ...

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Twitter on fire after Pope Francis reportedly tells a gay man that 'God made him like this'

Social media was set ablaze as some praised and others questioned the integrity of Pope Francis after a gay man claimed the head of the Roman Catholic Church told him: “God made you this way.” Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, told Spanish El Pais that Pope Francis assured him of God’s love regardless of his homosexuality. ...

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‘Door control is the real issue’: Twitter reacts to Texas high school massacre

US officials and public figures have reacted with various brands of outrage following the fatal shooting of 10 people ‒ one teacher and nine students ‒ at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Survivors of the Parkland High School shooting struck a frustrated tone as they bemoaned the lack of action from US politicians since the February attack on their ...

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Twitter delays shutdown of legacy APIs as it launches a replacement

Twitter is giving developers more time to adjust to its API platform overhaul, which has affected some apps‘ ability to continue operating in the same fashion. The company clarified this morning, along with news of the general availability of its Account Activity API, that it will be delaying the shutdown of some of its legacy APIs. That is, APIs originally ...

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Twitter to de-rank ‘trolls,’ provokes conservative anger over ‘censorship’

Twitter’s announcement that it will limit the visibility of tweets from what it calls ‘troll accounts’ was met with anger by conservatives and free-speech advocates, who see it as another turn of the screw towards censorship. The platform’s new policy was revealed in a blog post on Tuesday, which promises to make sweeping changes to the way conversations work. Twitter will ...

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Twitter algorithm changes will hide more bad tweets and trolls

Twitter’s latest effort to curb trolling and abuse on the site takes some of the burden off users and places it on the company’s algorithms. If you tap on a Twitter or real-world celebrity’s tweet, more often than not there’s a bot as one of the first replies. This has been an issue for so long it’s a bit ridiculous, ...

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