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World's most popular apps by social media mention revealed

How popular is an app? The number of downloads is revealing. But what about how influential an app is? New research considers this from the basis of social media mentions.

Op-Ed: Trending on Twitter — Toilet paper and hoarding

The coronavirus pandemic risks bringing out the very worst of humanity. From price gouging to hoarding - an "everyone for themselves" mentality seems to have taken over otherwise sane and responsible people around the globe.

Twitter staff ordered to work from home over virus fears

San Francisco - Twitter has ordered all staff globally to work from home in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus epidemic.

Facebook, Twitter place warning labels on altered Biden video

Washington - Facebook and Twitter both added tags denoting false or manipulated content to a video reposted by US President Donald Trump of his Democrat rival Joe Biden.

Op-Ed: Twitter goes wild after 'meme' of Trump fiddling goes viral

“Nero” trended on Twitter early Monday after a meme of President Trump playing the violin drew viral comparisons to the Roman emperor among his critics online.

Twitter labels video retweeted by Trump as 'manipulated'

Washington - Twitter has used a new policy to identify misleading content for the first time on a post retweeted by US President Donald Trump that appeared to show Democratic Party rival Joe Biden endorsing his re-election.

Twitter tests vanishing tweets to keep up with Snapchat, Facebook

San Francisco - Twitter said Wednesday it is testing a way for users to "think aloud" with tweets that vanish after a day instead of having posts linger.

Twitter staff told to work from home over virus fears

San Francisco - Twitter staff across the world were asked to work from home starting Monday in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus epidemic.

Op-Ed: Bloomberg, memes and how to be self-righteous on Instagram

Washington - Is a paid meme ethical? Will success spoil the Republican Party? Should freelancers get paid for expressing their own opinions? Just keep saying No, and you have the Anti argument against Bloomberg’s paid memes.

Op-Ed: Trump jumps right into the middle of Super Bowl LIV via Twitter

Ah well, if anyone thought Super Bowl Sunday would occur without any political overtones, they were wrong. That is one of the nonsensical prop bets even I would have won, thanks to President Donald Trump and his Twitter account.

Op-Ed: Space Force to boldly go where Star Trek has gone before

The Pentagon's new US Space Force is not Star Trek's Starfleet Command, but their logos bear a striking similarity. In the voyage to the final frontier, This has spawned a wave of ridicule directed toward President Trump.

'No trees in space' — Ridicule for Space Force camo uniform

It's time for our weekly chuckle, and today, social media is having fun with the Space Force's new name tapes, which attach to the uniform. The newest branch of the U.S. military displayed the name tape on a camo uniform to the delight of Twitter users.

Op-Ed: Twitter — Trump's controversial tweets did not violate policies

President Trump spent his Christmas vacation at his golf club in Florida bashing his enemies on Twitter and finally ended the "Nightmare at Mar-a-Lago" with a surprise drone attack that has brought us to the brink of war with Iran.

Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

San Francisco - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is funding research aimed at changing the way information circulates on social media -- with the goal of combating online violence, hate and disinformation.

'Rocky Balboa' he ain't - Trump tweets fake image of himself

At a time when Donald Trump is facing the sharpest scrutiny of his presidency, he would like the world to behold that "gorgeous chest" he described at a Florida rally on Tuesday.

Milking the story on virtual-reality headsets for cows

It really is becoming a "virtual" world when farmers outfit their dairy herd with virtual reality headsets, hoping to reduce anxiety and increase milk production - at least that's what a regional agricultural administration in Russia is claiming.

What's behind Twitter’s proposed deepfake policy? Special

Twitter has drafted a deepfake policy that would ‘warn’ users of manipulated media, but not remove it. For privacy campaigner Damien Mason this doesn't go far enough.

Some former Twitter employees spied for Saudi Arabia

The US Justice Department claims that three people including two former employees of Twitter and a third person who was working for the Saudi Royal Family face charges associated with spying for Saudi Arabia without registering as foreign agents.

Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter

Dubai - The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family.

Op-Ed: Trump wants California forests cleaned - or no more money

President Donald Trump threatened to withhold aid — one of his favored tactics — from California, claiming Governor Gavin Newsom “has done a terrible job of forest management” and has not listened to Trump’s demand that he “clean” the forest

Twitter reacts to mouse hunt in the White House

White House reporters were sent into a panic Tuesday morning after a mouse fell from the ceiling of the press booth. NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander tweeted that a mouse “literally fell out of the ceiling” and onto his lap.

Twitter outages reported from Japan to USA

San Francisco - Several features on Twitter were down Wednesday, the platform said, with users from Japan to the USA reporting they were unable to log in, use the mobile app or see direct messages.

Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

San Francisco - Twitter on Monday said it is rolling out a filter that will hide away unwanted direct messages, providing a new tool to stymie abuse.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Washington - Twitter said Friday it shut down thousands of accounts worldwide for spreading misinformation, including some artificially amplifying pro-Saudi messaging as part of a regional propaganda war.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Washington - Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, including in places like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain.

Looking behind the tweet: Dorsey hack explained Special

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was recently hacked on his own platform. New information that the hacker or hackers leveraged a SIM swapping tactic has come to light. A leading expert explains how this has happened and how to address the security weakness.

Op-Ed: Is Trump the 'Chosen one' or the 'King of Israel?' — Ask Twitter

Just hours after accusing Jewish people who vote for Democrats of “disloyalty," Trump quoted a controversial radio host who called him the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God,” in the latest of a series of inflammatory comments.

Twitter to let users follow interests as well as people

San Francisco - Twitter users will be able to follow a small number of interests by the end of the year in the same way they follow people, the company said Tuesday.

Here's why the internet is obsessed with 'number neighbors'

The viral trend has users texting phone numbers that are one digit away from theirs and seeing what kinds of responses they get and what hilarity ensues.

Republicans vow to not buy Twitter ads after McConnell blocked

Washington - President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and leading Republicans on Thursday vowed to not buy Twitter ads after the social media platform froze Senator Mitch McConnell's re-election account for breaking site rules.
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