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New bug discovery proves mite of Twitter

Apo - Call it the mite of Twitter: Japanese and Austrian researchers have confirmed a bug they spotted posted in a tweet is a previously unknown species, now aptly dubbed "Ameronothrus twitter.

Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements with #MilkTeaAlliance emoji

Fpo - Twitter has launched an emoji to spotlight the "#MilkTeaAlliance" online protest movement that has forged links between pro-democracy activists across Asia, the social media giant said Thursday.

US lawmakers, tech CEOs clash over disinformation

Washington - US lawmakers unleashed a torrent of criticism against social media top executives Thursday, blaming the companies for amplifying false content and calls to violence, while promising new regulations to stem rampant online disinformation.

Congress to grill US internet giants over disinformation

San Francisco - The heads of Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify before Congress Thursday on disinformation, following a tense US election, Capitol attack and rise of a new administration seemingly intent on doing battle with Big Tech.

Strange Twitter bug bans users for mentioning 'Memphis'

San Francisco - Twitter users who used the word "Memphis" found themselves temporarily locked out of their accounts at the weekend because of a bizarre bug.

Russia disrupting Twitter over 'illegal' content

Moscow - Russia said Wednesday it planned to slow down Twitter for users in the country over what it said was the social media platform's failure to remove "illegal" content.

Op-Ed: Statue of Trump is a real 'Golden Calf' of biblical proportions

Twitter users have reacted with mockery after a video emerged showing a golden statue of Donald Trump being wheeled around at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida.

Twitter suspends pro-Trump activist group for privacy violations

San Francisco - A conservative activist group notorious for its use of undercover footage and publicity stunts was permanently suspended from Twitter on Thursday, after the group reportedly violated the platform's policies on sharing private information.

Row escalates between Twitter and India over blocking accounts

New Delhi - Twitter said Wednesday it had blocked some accounts in India over comments on mass farmers' protests in New Delhi, but the social media giant refused to shut down others despite the threat of criminal action by the government.

Myanmar anti-coup protests grow as army broadens internet crackdown

Yangon - Myanmar saw its largest anti-coup protests yet on Saturday with young demonstrators spilling on to the streets to denounce the country's new military regime, despite a nationwide internet blackout aimed at stifling a growing chorus of popular dissent.

Violent clashes during Turkey student protests

Istanbul - Turkish police on Tuesday arrested more than 170 people in Istanbul and Ankara as a month of student protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan witnessed some of their most violent clashes to date.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk says he's off Twitter 'for a while'

New York - Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Tuesday he was taking a break from Twitter "for a while", after his posts on the platform helped fuel a stock market frenzy that sent the share prices of several companies soaring.

Twitter locks account of Chinese embassy in US over Uighur women tweet

Bejing - Twitter said Thursday it has locked the account of the Chinese embassy in the US, over a tweet claiming Uighur women were no longer "baby-making machines" after their minds had been "emancipated".

Twitter suspends QAnon-linked Republican lawmaker's account

Washington - A newly elected Republican congresswoman known for promoting QAnon conspiracy theories accused Twitter of censorship on Sunday after her account was temporarily suspended for "multiple violations".

Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

San Francisco - Twitter announced Monday it has suspended "more than 70,000 accounts" linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters.

Twitter's 'problematic' Trump ban troubles Europe

Paris - Twitter's decision to impose a permanent ban on US President Donald Trump's account has sparked some consternation in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it "problematic".

Twitter boots Trump to stop violence-sparking tweets

San Francisco - Twitter shut down President Donald Trump's account Friday, booting him from the global service to prevent another attack on the US Capitol building.

Twitter followers of US govt accounts won't transfer to Biden

Washington - Twitter said Tuesday it would not automatically transfer the millions of followers of official Trump administration accounts to the incoming Biden administration, but instead give users the option to continue or not.

#Covid19, #BlackLivesMatter top Twitter themes in 2020

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement topped the list of conversation topics on Twitter in a tumultuous year, the messaging platform said Monday.

Trump calls Georgia governor — Wants him to overturn Biden's win

President Donald Trump made an irate call to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Saturday morning, wanting him to persuade the state legislature to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Twitter users noticed, and responded.

Twitter bans content which 'dehumanizes' based on race, ethnicity

Washington - Twitter said Wednesday it was expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language which "dehumanizes" people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin.

Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Biden on inauguration day

Washington - Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, US media reported Friday.

Saudi Twitter users grapple with 'digital authoritarianism'

Apo - The former Saudi official's tweet expressing condolences over an activist's death seemed benign, but his mysterious disappearance soon afterwards highlighted what observers call the state's "digital authoritarianism".

Twitter hack caused by stolen VPN credentials Special

It was recently revealed that the Twitter hack in July was due to stolen VPN credentials from users who posed as internal IT staff. The attackers tricked the employees into giving their account details.

Man charged for 'liking' photo of murdered French teacher

Rennes - A young man who "liked" a gruesome Twitter picture showing French teacher Samuel Paty after he was murdered has been charged with glorifying terrorism, French authorities said Sunday.

Trump shares joke story on Biden, Twitter in earnest

Washington - US President Donald Trump shared a satirical article Friday about Twitter shutting down to slow the spread of negative news on his election rival Joe Biden, apparently unaware that it was a joke.

Twitter tightens rules to thwart election threats

San Francisco - Twitter said Friday it will take down calls for violence starting after polls close on US election day and slap warnings on premature victory claims to fight efforts to undermine the election.

LGBTQ community takes over Twitter #ProudBoys hashtag

Los Angeles - The Proud Boys hashtag, used by a far-right group recently thrust into the national spotlight, was trending on Monday after the LGBTQ community took it over to flood Twitter with gay pride images.

Twitter bans Trump death wishes, sparks debate

San Francisco - Twitter is removing tweets hoping for the demise of US President Donald Trump -- a move which opened up the social platform to criticism that it should enforce the same policy for everyone.

Twitter says monitoring service does not violate surveillance ban

San Francisco - Twitter said Tuesday a service that monitors tweets for police, alerting them to brewing social justice protests and more, does not break the platform's ban on being used for surveillance.
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