Twitter removes thousands of bot accounts discouraging Democrats from voting in the midterms

Just before the US midterm elections which is on next Tuesday, Twitter is hard at work scrubbing its platform of thousands of fake accounts and coordinated activity seemingly designed to influence voter turnout, according to a report from Reuters today. The report says Twitter has removed around 10,000 such accounts targeting Democratic voters and masquerading as party members […]

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Twitter allows users to report accounts that they suspect are bots

Twitter has updated its reporting process. Now, when you tap the it’s suspicious or spam option under the report menu, you’ll be able to specify why you think that, including an option to say the account tweeting this is fake. Twitter announced the change through its official safety account today, and it’s now live on […]

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Twitter was thinking about removing the Like button

Today The Telegraph reported that Twitter was thinking about removing the Like button. The source of the news was was a Twitter event last week, where CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly said he “wasn’t a fan of the heart shaped button” and “would be getting rid of it soon.” As the Telegraph piece traveled, that quote was taken as an […]

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Twitter will soon notify when a reported tweet was taken down

Twitter is bringing some new feature to its reporting process. In an update outlined this morning on the company’s blog, Twitter will now clearly highlight when a reported tweet had an enforcement action taken against it. The goal, writes Twitter product manager Sam Toizer, is to help the public understand when a rule-breaking tweet was […]

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Twitter is facing an investigation over data collection in its link shortening system

The Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from its URL-shortening system. The investigation stems from a request made by a UK professor named Michael Veale under the General Data Protection Regulation, a comprehensive European privacy law that took effect in May. Under the GDPR, EU citizens have […]

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Twitter will soon allow users to switch between chronological and ranked feeds

Today, Twitter has announced a change to the way it shows tweets to users. The announcement was a new update that will soon allow switching back and forth between an algorithmically sorted timeline and one that shows all tweets from your followers, in reverse-chronological order, much like the one Twitter launched with in 2006. Now, […]

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Twitter said that it will soon start suspending abusive Periscope commenters

Twitter said recently that it will soon launch more aggressive enforcement of our guidelines related to chats sent during live broadcasts, for Periscope starting on August 10th. It will begin to review and suspend accounts that continually send abusive comments in chats during live broadcasts in an effort to crack down on abusive users. Like many […]

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Twitter will add new restrictions on its API to stop abuse

Recently Twitter has announced that it is tightening control over its API in order to protect the platform from spam and abuse. Twitter’s API allows third party developers to build software that interacts with the service. Starting from today, anyone who wishes to access it will face a stricter and more thorough vetting process. Now Applicants […]

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