Study identifies thousands of Twitter bots amplifying conspiracy theories ahead of the U.S. elections

Researchers at the University of Southern California found evidence of bots spreading conspiracies ahead of the U.S. elections.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Twitter starts showing all US users election misinformation warnings

Starting today, Twitter users in the U.S. will see two large notices at the top of their feeds that aim to “preemptively debunk” misinformation related to voting. The striking messages are designed to push back against the deluge of false claims about the 2020 election. One notice warns users that they “might encounter misleading information” […]

Twitter already warning users about early election result claims

Twitter hopes you’re all prepared to wait. And then wait some more.  As we approach a U.S. presidential election marked by the coronavirus and a corresponding increase in mail-in ballots, the social media giant that encourages users to “see what’s happening in the world right now” is taking a different approach. On Monday, Twitter began […]

President Trump’s Twitter accessed by security expert who guessed password ‘maga2020!’

A Dutch security researcher says he accessed President Trump’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account last week by guessing his password: “maga2020!”. Victor Gevers, a security researcher at the GDI Foundation and chair of the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure, which finds and reports security vulnerabilities, told TechCrunch he guessed the president’s account password and was successful on […]

Twitter hack shows need for cybersecurity regulations, govt. report says

In the eyes of government regulators, critical services and lax cybersecurity don’t mix — especially when those services support the online accounts of former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden, and current president Donald Trump. The embarrassing and costly Twitter hack this past July served as more than just a wake-up call for […]

Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after ‘NY Post’ mess

The disputed New York Post story about Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, may be a dud, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hit Twitter hard.  Twitter’s decision Wednesday to prevent users from tweeting and direct messaging the URL to a controversial story about the former vice president’s son forced an apparent reckoning at […]

Twitter changes its hacked materials policy in wake of New York Post controversy

Twitter has announced an update to its hacked materials policy — saying it will no longer remove hacked content unless it’s directly shared by hackers or those “acting in concert with them”. Instead of blocking such content/links from being shared on its service it says it will label tweets to “provide context”. Wider Twitter rules […]

Twitter is now allowing users to share that controversial New York Post story

Twitter has taken another step back from its initial decision to block users from sharing links to or images of a New York Post story reporting on emails and other data supposedly originating on a laptop belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The story, which alleged that Hunter Biden had set up […]

Daily Crunch: Twitter walks back New York Post decision

A New York Post story forces social platforms to make (and in Twitter’s case, reverse) some difficult choices, Sony announces a new 3D display and fitness startup Future raises $ 24 million. This is your Daily Crunch for October 16, 2020. The big story: Twitter walks back New York Post decision A recent New York […]

Pew: Most prolific Twitter users tend to be Democrats, but majority of users still rarely tweet

A new study from Pew Research Center, released today, digs into the different ways that U.S. Democrats and Republicans use Twitter. Based on data collected between November 11, 2019 and September 14, 2020, the study finds that members of both parties tweet fairly infrequently, but a majority of Twitter’s most prolific users tend to swing […]