Twitter rolls out new reply controls to combat trolls

In an effort to make Twitter seem less like a cesspool, the company is rolling out new settings that allow all users to control who can reply to tweets.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Twitter now lets everyone limit replies to their tweets

Twitter may describe itself as the town square, but that doesn’t mean you have to talk to everyone walking past your seat at the cafe. Today, to increase the amount of “meaningful conversations” that take place on Twitter, and to help people weed out abuse and spam in their replies, the company announced that it […]

Twitter is testing a new ‘Quotes’ counter

Twitter might make it easier for users to view quote retweets.  The social network confirmed to The Verge over the weekend that it’s testing a new feature. For some people, quote retweets now appear as “Quotes” under tweets, with their own counter, similar to how the number of retweets and likes are displayed.  Twitter updated […]

Twitter adds labels for government officials and state-controlled media

Twitter is introducing new labels for accounts and tweets tied to government officials and “state-affiliated media.” “Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives,” the company wrote in the blog post announcing these changes. “This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize […]

Daily Crunch: Twitter and Facebook take action against Trump

Facebook and Twitter are taking a stronger stand against pandemic misinformation, we preview the latest version of macOS and a mental health startup raises $ 50 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 6, 2020. The big story: Twitter, Facebook take action against Trump misinformation Facebook and Twitter both took action against a post from […]

Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe

Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads. In an SEC filing, […]

In panic, Twitter locked out users who changed their password in the last month

Twitter’s barn door has been fully, and aggressively closed — it just so happens to have slammed shut on a hell of a lot of people in the process.  Twitter confirmed Thursday that, amidst an ongoing compromise of internal systems that was out of control Wednesday, it took the unprecedented step of locking out all […]

Twitter finally bans white supremacist David Duke

It finally happened. Former KKK leader David Duke, one of the United States’ most well-known white supremacists, was banned from Twitter late Thursday night. At.Long.Lastpic.twitter.com/WPY2uOqoWj — Michael Dickson (@michaeldickson) July 31, 2020 According to a Twitter spokesperson, Duke’s account “has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct.”  “This enforcement […]

Twitter may have to pay hundreds of millions in fines for privacy screw-up

As far as mistakes go, Twitter’s notorious two-factor authentication boondoggle could end being a costly one.  Buried deep inside the company’s Monday 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission is a note that the social media giant might end up on the receiving end of up to $ 250 million in fines. At issue […]

Decrypted: How a teenager hacked Twitter, Garmin’s ransomware aftermath

A 17-year-old Florida teenager is accused of perpetrating one of the year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks: Twitter. A federal 30-count indictment filed in Tampa said Graham Ivan Clark used a phone spearphishing attack to pivot through multiple layers of Twitter’s security and bypassed its two-factor authentication to gain access to an internal “admin” tool […]