Category Archives: Twitter

Twitter finally finds a way to silence Piers Morgan — and for a good cause

It is safe to say that Piers Morgan has stirred some controversy lately, from calling people attending the Women's Marches in January "rabid feminists" to his Twitter feud with J.K. Rowling. 

So when he pledged to go silent on social media for 24 hours if the British public raised £5,000 ($6,225) for Comic Relief, somebody saw an opportunity. 

After the announcement, Lord Sugar, the host of the UK edition of The Apprentice, posted a video on Twitter offering to pay the entire sum to shut him up. 

Just had the bargain of the century. Silenced @piersmorgan for a day on twitter @gmb @susannareid100. It’s my duty to the nation pic.twitter.com/HwmJ44t301

— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) March 22, 2017 Read more...

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Twitter suspends over 600,000 extremist accounts but still manages to feel like a flaming garbage pile

Twitter revealed that it has suspended hundreds of thousands of accounts in an effort "to combat violent extremism."  

So why does the service still feel like it's chock full of extremist assholes?

The numbers, released on Tuesday in Twitter's 10th semiannual Transparency Report, are striking. 

Between Aug. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2016, Twitter suspended 636,248 accounts — with 376,890 of those suspensions coming in the second half of 2016 alone. Of the latter group, the report notes that internal teams were responsible for 74 percent of those suspensions, as opposed to users reporting content.  Read more...

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Twitter launching Live video API tomorrow

 Twitter is about to make it much easier for media publishers to post live video broadcasts with the launch of a live video API tomorrow morning. The API will let companies hook up professional broadcasting and video editing equipment to Twitter with more powerful integrations than Twitter’s existing Periscope Producer feature. The forthcoming API was first reported last week by The… Read More

Twitter launching Live video API tomorrow

 Twitter is about to make it much easier for media publishers to post live video broadcasts with the launch of a live video API tomorrow morning. The API will let companies hook up professional broadcasting and video editing equipment to Twitter with more powerful integrations than Twitter’s existing Periscope Producer feature. The forthcoming API was first reported last week by The… Read More

McDonald’s serves up one more, calling Trump a ‘disgusting excuse of a President’ on Twitter

 It was a direct reply, but when the world’s second largest restaurant chain slides into the Trump’s mentions to call him “a disgusting excuse of a President,” people are going to take notice. And screenshot the hell out of it. Billions and billions served, indeed. McDonald’s has since deleted a tweet reading, “@realDonaldTrump You are actually a… Read More