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The vital role of Twitter in responding to Covid (John Villasenor, Brookings)

Twitter, and social media in general, often get a bad rap. Social media is criticized, and rightly so, for harboring hate speech, misinformation, political extremism, and conspiracy theories. And if that were all social media provided, we would be better off without it. But the pandemic is illustrating how Twitter can play a vital role […]

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Twitter’s new CEO is latest on list of India-born US tech honchos (Vlad Savov and Saritha Rai, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera)

Twitter Inc. on Monday became the latest Silicon Valley titan to appoint an Indian-born chief executive officer, joining the likes of Microsoft and Google in recognizing the Asian country as one of the world’s richest pools of tech talent. The appointment of former Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to the top spot at Twitter amplifies […]

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Can Twitter warnings actually curb hate speech? A new study says yes (Issie Lapowsky, Protocol)

Twitter in May said it would begin prompting users who are about to tweet something nasty to either revise or delete the message before sending. The decision, the company said at the time, was based on a successful test of the messages in the run-up to the 2020 election. Twitter hate speech: Do warnings work? – Protocol — The […]

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India/Rahul Gandhi/Twitter – Blocked by Twitter for political reasons: India’s Rahul Gandhi (Al Jazeera)

Gandhi’s Twitter account has 19.5 million followers [File: Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters] Rahul Gandhi, the leader of India’s main opposition party, has slammed Twitter for blocking a tweet over the alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl, saying the platform was playing partisan politics. The criticism of the United States-based microblogging giant by the Congress party on Friday […]

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Nigeria – Nigeria’s Twitter ban is a misplaced priority (Brookings)

Source: Authors, using data from Twitter Mary Blankenship and Christina Golubski In early June 2021, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter after the platform deleted one of his tweets and temporarily suspended his account. The tweet pertained to Nigerian secessionists and to treating “those who misbehave today” in “the language they will understand,” infringing on Twitter […]

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(TechInnovation) Twitter has confirmed that Fleets is shutting down on August 3.

Ingrid Lunden writes for TechCrunch: Twitter has confirmed that Fleets — its own take on ephemeral Stories that it launched into general availability just nine months ago — is shutting down on August 3. read the article: Twitter is shutting down Fleets on August 3, citing low usage | TechCrunch

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India/Kashmir/Twitter – Hindu group files case against Twitter over ‘distorted’ India map (Al Jazeera)

A Hindu group has filed a complaint with police against Twitter’s country head for showing regions outside a map of India on its website, kickstarting an investigation in a fresh headache for the United States-based social media firm. Hindu group files case against Twitter over ‘distorted’ India map | Social Media News | Al Jazeera

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TechInnovation – Twitter adds ‘Arabic (feminine)’ language setting in inclusion, diversity drive (Al Arabiya)

Twitter on Tuesday introduced an “Arabic (feminine)” language setting enabling the social media site to speak to users using feminine grammar, part of what it said was an inclusion and diversity drive. “We want our service to reflect the voices that shape the conversations that take place on our service,” said Rasha Fawakhiri, Twitter’s communications […]

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(USA) Twitter bans MyPillow CEO (Christopher Cadelago, David Cohen, Politico)

Mike Lindell had promoted conspiracy theories about the presidential election. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/26/twitter-bans-mypillow-ceo-462531

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(China/Twitter/Diplomacy) China urges Twitter to discard double standards after it locks embassy account over Xinjiang post (Global Times)

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday urged US social media platform Twitter to discard double standards in response to Twitter’s restriction of China’s US embassy account over a tweet related to Xinjiang topics, saying that Chinese embassies have the obligation to clarify false information. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202101/1213560.shtml

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(Turkey/Twitter/Pinterest) Turkey hits Twitter and Pinterest with ad ban for resisting new social media law (Middle East Eye)

Ragip Soylu Twitter and Pinterest have yet to assign a legal representative in Turkey, leading ministers to warn of ‘digital fascism’ https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-twitter-pinterest-ad-ban-social-media-law

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(USA/Twitter/Marjorie Taylor Greene) Twitter suspends QAnon-linked Republican lawmaker’s account (The New Arab)

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a newly elected Republican congresswoman, has been temporarily suspended on Twitter for ‘multiple violations’ https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/1/18/twitter-suspends-qanon-linked-republican-lawmakers-account