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Twitter users are debating whether or not a picture posted by Samsung's Exynos processor division depicts the South Korean electronics maker's forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 handset. If that is indeed the case, then pat Samsung on the back for a clever use of social media. And even if that is not the case, it is good publicity for Samsung and its unreleased phablet handset. The picture shows a Exynos 9 system-on-chip (SoC) sitting on top of an unmarked smartphone. It is intended to promote Samsung's Exynos 8895 silicon, though Twitter users seem more interested in figuring out what handset is in the... Read more...
Twitter is making it a little more difficult to be an anonymous troll. The social media giant is getting rid of its default “egg” profile picture. This default has come to be associated on Twitter with harassment and abuse. According to a Twitter representative, “We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts. This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile... Read more...
Twitter has been on a mission over the last few months to curb cyber-bullying. Twitter users before were largely responsible for reporting accounts that they felt violated Twitter’s guidelines, but the social media giant is now taking on some of the responsibility for policing potentially abusive accounts. Twitter is intent upon identifying bad behavior, regardless of whether or not it has been reported. The social networking services plans to limit the functionality of accounts who violate its terms of service. If the account continues to be “abusive”, Twitter “will consider taking further action”.... Read more...
Do you kiss your mama with that mouth? Twitter has implemented a new policy where it is temporarily limiting the reach of those who violate its abusive behavior policies. The new protocol comes at a time when Twitter is revising its abusive content policies. Affected users have been receiving emails stating, “We’ve detected some potentially abusive behavior from your account, so only your followers can see your activity on Twitter for the amount of time shown below”. The typical time limitation appears to be for about twelve hours. If a person tags someone in a tweet who does not follow them, the... Read more...
There are certain uncomfortable moments that trigger an awkward feeling in your belly. One of them is walking in on your parents when they're doing the horizontal mambo. While perhaps not quite on that level, it feels a little weird watching two wireless carriers go back and forth on Twitter in a feud over the erotic foreplay known as BDSM. At this point, we wish T-Mobile and Verizon would get a room already. It all started with a T-Mobile ad during the Super Bowl. The commercial is a spoof of 50 Shades of Grey featuring actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (from The Last Man On Earth and Bob's... Read more...
The FBI may have overstepped its bounds (again) and acted outside what was made legally permissible by a 2008 Justice Department memo when it asked Twitter to provide information about certain account holders. Twitter received the data requests by way of two national security letters (NSLs) that were served, one in 2015 and the other in 2016, which at the time were protected by gag orders preventing Twitter from notifying the affected account holders or publicly disclosing their existence. Those gag orders have been lifted and just as other tech companies have done in recent months—most notably... Read more...
President Donald Trump turned in his much-used Android phone for something more secure (likely a modified Blackberry or iPhone handset), but in case it has not been made clear to this point, he has no intention of giving up Twitter. Trump is the first United States president to tap into social media to the extent that he does. Doing so may have helped him win the election, though some feel it also presents a security threat. One hacker in particular has a message for Trump, and that is to lock down his Twitter account with tighter security. The hacker goes by the moniker WauchulaGhost and claims... Read more...
Like a massive army of Storm Troopers willing to follow devious commands, a pair of researchers from the University College London warn that a "large number of Twitter users are bots" that are ready to "contaminate the Twitter API stream." There are more than 350,000 in all, comprising what the researchers have named the Star Wars botnet. It has been dormant and "well hidden" since it was created in 2013. Juan Echeverria, a research student at UC London, and his supervisor and senior lecturer Shi Zhou outlined the threat in a research paper that is awaiting approval in a scientific journal. The... Read more...
Twitter and Periscope are currently singing “anything you can do, I can do better” to Facebook. Twitter just released its own 360-degree live video streaming functionality via the Periscope app. According to Periscope, “With these videos, the broadcaster anchors the experience so you can be present with them from whatever environment they’re sharing from. When they smile, you’ll smile, and when they laugh, maybe you’ll laugh too.” Live 360 videos will be marked with a badge, and the viewer will be able to alter their point of view by moving their phone or touching or tapping their screen. The movement... Read more...
More high ranking officials are leaving Twitter to pursue other opportunities. The latest to jump ship is Twitter CTO Adam Messinger, a five-year veteran at the microblogging company who spent the last four years in the role he is now abandoning. Messinger announced his decision to leave Twitter in a tweet in which he thanked the company's co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter VP of product Josh McFarland has also decided to leave the company. He will remain in his role until the end of the first quarter, then step into a full-time role with Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm based in... Read more...
Trolls and cyber-bullying have been around since the very beginning of the internet. Twitter now has a way to sift through the potential hate, as the social media website is expanding the “mute” feature to encompass notifications. Twitter noted that cyber-bullying inhibits “people from participating on Twitter, or anywhere. Abusive conduct removes the chance to see and share all perspectives around an issue, which we believe is critical to moving us all forward. In the worst cases, this type of conduct threatens human dignity, which we should all stand together to protect.” Twitter first introduced... Read more...
Twitter needs to get a handle on its Promoted Tweets feature and it needs to do it quickly. The problem has to do with vetting, or lack thereof. We don't know how widespread the problem is, but there is at least one Promoted Tweet going around that is nothing more than a phishing scam preying on the desire of Twitter users to have a verified account.The microblogging service previously reserved restricted accounts for Twitter users that it identified on its own as being worthy of such a badge, typically celebrities, famous athletes, popular media personalities, and other prominent users. A little... Read more...
Can you spare a moment? How about a Twitter moment? The social media giant has updated “Moments”, a tool that helps to curate collections of tweets centered around specific subjects. Andrew Fitzgerald, Twitter’s, Global Curation Lead, remarked, “We think it's a really great way for new users to Twitter, users who haven't built that perfect home timeline yet, for them to be able to understand and appreciate all the incredible things that are happening on Twitter.” For everyone who wants to make a Moment – starting today you can! Creators everywhere can now tell stories with Tweets. pic.twitter.com/ZJtNBoTPWf—... Read more...
If you're without a cable TV subscription and have no access to legal sports streams online, chances are (probably) pretty good that you stumbled over to Twitter on Thursday night. That's where you would have found the NFL match-up between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Or, perhaps you were simply on Twitter and happened to notice it in the side-bar.  Reuters is reporting that some 243,000 viewers tuned into the game through the tweeting social network, with viewers heaping praise onto it. And while 243K is a drop in the bucket compared to the 15.4 million that tuned in through... Read more...
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