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Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown

San Francisco - Twitter announced Thursday that it had cut off 235,000 accounts during the past six months in a heightened crackdown on use of the global messaging service to promote violent extremist causes.

Op-Ed: Latest Internet sensation? Canada's own shirtless Justin Trudeau

Sightings of Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau sans his shirt have become an Internet sensation, not only in Canada but internationally, this summer.

Op-Ed: The Internet transforms Tim Kaine into countless jokes

Night three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a doozy. Peaceful protestors collected outside the Wells Fargo Center while some of the biggest characters in American politics took the stage, and the Internet did something strange.

Vine vulnerability lets hacker download the complete source code

A hacker looking for bug bounties has stumbled across a security hole in Vine that allowed him to download the entire source code from a publicly accessible website. He was awarded over $10,000 for the discovery of the blatant internal oversight.

Twitter stirs debate after banning editor for insults

Washington - Twitter found itself embroiled in controversy Wednesday after banning an editor at the conservative Breitbart website for fueling a stream of abuse that drove "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones to quit the social network.

Twitter, Facebook took stronger action to block pro-attack posts

San Francisco - Social media giants Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented steps last week to stop some users from celebrating carnage from the suspected terror attack in Nice, France.

Order pizza from Facebook Messenger with Pizza Hut's new chatbot

Pizza chain Pizza Hut has announced it has created a chatbot utility for Facebook Messenger and Twitter. Pizza Hut customers can now order food by "talking" to the firm's digital assistant in messaging threads as the company moves to "social ordering."

'Good riddance', bitter French tweeters tell Les Anglais

Paris - Twitter was the go-to soapbox on Friday for the French to vent their anger -- as well as predictable digs at "Les Anglais" -- over the Brexit vote.

Twitter has new video features to fend off Facebook Live

Twitter is ramping up its video efforts. The company is rolling out Watch Mode, a video-only section of its app, which users will be able to launch when they click on a video in their timelines, according to Recode.

Op-Ed: Anti-online terrorism software ready, but will it prevent terror?

Washington - Since extremists started recruiting online, people have been looking for ways of stopping them. The new solution for online recruiting, appropriately enough, is closely related to the software used to combat child pornography.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

33 million Twitter accounts appear online but site wasn't hacked

A hacker has released a database containing around 33 million Twitter user credentials on the dark web. The nature of the data suggests Twitter itself has not been hacked. Instead, it has been assembled using malware to steal passwords.

Facebook tries to be Twitter with a new kind of post

Facebook is testing a new kind of post that works similarly to tweets on Twitter. The company has developed a feature that lets you permanently hide a post from your timeline right from the moment it's created, making it disappear more quickly.

Mark Zuckerberg used 'dadada' as a password, gets accounts hacked

A number of online accounts owned by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have been compromised by hackers. The attackers are believed to have gained access by finding Zuckerberg's password in a data breach, unbelievably "dadada," a very weak phrase.

Twitter lets you speak more freely with new 140-character rules

Twitter has announced a significant revision of its 140-character Tweet rule. The company will soon exclude replies, mentions and media such as photos and videos from the restrictions, giving you more characters to type your own message with.

New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

San Francisco approves paid leave for parents of newborns

San Francisco - To all the benefits of being a new parent in a place like San Francisco, the city's Board of Supervisors just added another: fully paid time off.

Woman swaps prized Twitter name for water for Flint

Detroit - In a good deed act, Michigan resident Diana Hussein swapped her much-sought Twitter name (by the soft drinks industry, at least) for 41,000 bottles of water to help the population in Flint.

U.S. State Dept. apologizes over travel tip for the less attractive

Washington - The US Department of State issued an apology after posting a tweet that seemed to proffer travel advice for those whose looks are less than a perfect 10.

Trolls turn Microsoft's AI chatbot into a Hitler-loving racist

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled an innovative Twitter chatbot designed to research human interaction. Mere hours later, the company was forced to pull it offline though as merciless trolls turned the chatbot's personality into a pro-Hitler racist.

NCAA bracket leak leaves officials March mad

The NCAA Selection Show is the inauguration of the annual March Madness of college basketball. However, this year the list of teams who made it to the Big Dance was leaked.

New study proves social media abuse can be detrimental to sleep

Can't sleep at night? Maybe you're spending too much time on Facebook or Youtube. A new research found an association between sleep disturbances and Social Media (SM) abuse.

Twitter bug may have shown email addresses of thousands of users

Twitter has patched a "password recovery bug" on its main website that may have revealed the account details of almost 10,000 users. The security issue let outsiders see email addresses and phone numbers associated with the affected accounts.

Twitter adds built-in GIF feature

Twitter teams up with GIPHY and Riffsy to allow GIFs be added to Tweets and Direct Messages through a searchable library.

Twitter launches algorithmic timeline — Despite denying it exists

Twitter has begun to roll out a new version of its timeline that displays tweets algorithmically instead of in the traditional reverse-chronological order. The feature will be disabled by default, to the relief of many vexed users.

'First View' puts a Twitter video ad at the top of your timeline

Twitter has launched a new ad product called "First View," which will serve a video ad right to the top of users' timelines when they first log in to the official app or desktop site.

Twitter launching new algorithm to show tweets out of order

Twitter plans to introduce a new timeline algorithm that will display relevant tweets first, instead of in chronological order.

DARPA held a contest to find Twitter, Facebook bots

The US military has enlisted academics to fight a new enemy: Twitter bots. The fascinating 4-week competition, called the DARPA Twitter Bot Challenge, was detailed in a paper published this week.

China's Weibo ups character limit to 2,000 ahead of Twitter

Weibo, the Chinese social network usually viewed as the country's answer to Twitter, has axed its 140-character limit on user posts and dramatically increased the maximum length to 2,000 characters. It comes amid rumours of Twitter doing the same soon.

Twitter goes down affecting millions of users around the world

Shock and disappointment to millions: Twitter went down this morning and people across the globe are up in arms. The site is not accessible through desktop or mobile services.
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