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Video: Twitter: No ‘blue ticks’ for far-right accounts

Prominent members of the far right including former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson have been stripped of their blue-tick verification ... Via Youtube

Twitter Will Remove Users with Whom They Do Not Agree

Editor's note: This annoying video by Vox, is ultimately unfavorable to free speech (Yeah, I know, what can we expect from them?),...

Twitter strips Tommy Robinson & other far-right users of coveted blue tick — RT...

Prominent members of the far right including former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson...

Mystery Alabama ‘boom’ rattles Twitter theorists, NASA unsure of origin — RT US News

Published time: 15 Nov, 2017 11:58 Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious “boom” that rocked their...

Tesco Christmas advert featuring Muslim family stirs Twitter anger (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Published time: 13 Nov, 2017 00:23 Tis’ almost the season to be jolly. But UK...

Twitter erupts after Trump says he ‘never knew we had so many countries’ —...

Published time: 7 Nov, 2017 15:31 US President Donald Trump said he “never knew we had...

Twitter carps on about Trump’s bizarre fish-feeding technique (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT US News

Published time: 6 Nov, 2017 10:01 A feeding frenzy has erupted on Twitter after Donald Trump...

Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power” – updated rules — RT...

Published time: 6 Nov, 2017 03:24 Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power,” according...

Twitter users celebrate employee who briefly silenced @realDonaldTrump — RT US News

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 16:02 Edited time: 4 Nov, 2017 09:17 President Donald Trump’s Twitter...
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Video: Twitter Turns Red: Relive the Russian Revolution with #1917LIVE (November 6-8)

Revolution is coming! Witness the climax of the Russian Revolution in real-time with #1917LIVE Follow The Russian Telegraph https://twitter.com/RT_1917 RT ... Via Youtube

Twitter takes security measures after ‘rogue’ employee disables Donald Trump’s account — RT US...

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 19:41 Edited time: 4 Nov, 2017 09:19 After President Donald Trump’s...
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Video: Disappointment: Google, Facebook & Twitter executives testify ‘meddling’ in Senate

On Tuesday, senior executives from the big three tech giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter, appeared before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee chaired by ... Via Youtube

Back on Twitter, Trump calls for probe of DNC over Brazile bombshell — RT...

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 22:34 Departing on his Asian tour, Donald Trump tweeted a call...

Trump Twitter account taken down due to Twitter employee ‘error’ — RT US News

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 00:16 Edited time: 3 Nov, 2017 00:31 A Twitter employee deactivated...

Twitter, Google & Facebook grilled by Senate, try hard to find ‘Russian influence’ —...

As the lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and Google were questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee over...

Twitter & Google’s 2016 election tricks — RT US News

Testimony from social media giants to the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed that Twitter censored #PodestaEmails tweets...
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Video: Anti-Qatar ads ‘constantly’ exposed to British Twitter users despite stricter rules promise

Twitter users in the UK are currently being hit with ads attacking Qatar. This comes despite the social media giant pledging to fight hate...
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Video: ‘Twitter said I was bot’: US blogger banned for being ‘Russian troll’

A witch-hunt for so-called Russian trolls has overwhelmed social media. Charlie Peach, the woman Twitter labeled a Russian troll, lives in the US state...
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Video: Under Pressure: Senator demands Twitter disclose WikiLeaks data

A senior US senator is demanding that Twitter disclose account details relating to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, including releasing direct message ... Via...

Facebook, Google, Twitter staff aided both US presidential candidates – study — RT US...

Employees of Facebook, Google and Twitter played a large role in developing candidates' messages and targeting...

Senate demands Twitter disclose WikiLeaks direct messages — RT US News

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary committee has asked Twitter for documents that include the...
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Video: Twitter Deal: RT reveals ads offer made by Twitter before 2016 US election

Twitter will soon testify before Congress on claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. But RT has revealed that it was...
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Video: Twitter bans all RT advertising, citing ‘election interference’

Twitter has banned ads from RT and Sputnik over alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. RT's Editor-in-Chief says the move will spark retaliation...
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Video: ‘It’s not coincidence, it’s censorship in today’s USA’ – Experts on Twitter blocking...

The US Justice Department demanded that RT America register under the Cold War-era 'Foreign Agents Act'. Google then removed RT YouTube's premium ... Via Youtube

Twitter Bans Two Kremlin-Backed News Outlets from Advertising

Twitter announced on Thursday that it would ban RT and Sputnik, the two Kremlin-backed international news outlets, from advertising on its platform,...

Facebook follows Twitter, unveils political ad ‘transparency’ ahead of Russia testimony — RT US...

Facebook is joining Twitter in bowing to lawmakers demands for more information on political ads on...

Twitter users target Daily Mail over ‘remainer universities’ campaign — RT UK News

Published time: 27 Oct, 2017 16:42 The Daily Mail has come under fire from Twitter...
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Video: Twitter Turns Red: Russian Revolution Grand Finale on #1917LIVE (November 6-8)

Follow Russian Telegraph https://twitter.com/RT_1917 RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Black activist says Twitter banned her as ‘Russian bot’ — RT US News

Among the 201 Twitter accounts suspended from the platform for “Russian interference” in the 2016 US...

Journalist’s ‘Russian wife’ Twitter dig betrays last acceptable prejudice — RT UK News

Published time: 25 Oct, 2017 17:15 A British journalist’s tweet, in which he makes an...

Twitter bows to Congress, announces political ad ‘transparency’ ahead of Russia testimony — RT...

As social media companies face mounting political pressure from US senators investigating Russia, Twitter says it...

‘Body double’ theory lights up Twitter after White House footage — RT America

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 18:16 Edited time: 19 Oct, 2017 18:18 There’s mounting ‘evidence’ that...

British Lord joins political onslaught against RT’s ads with Twitter rant — RT UK

Published time: 18 Oct, 2017 14:02 Another British politician, this time the improbably named Lord...

Impending doom? ‘Eerie’ red sun linked to #StormOphelia freaks out Twitter — RT UK

Published time: 16 Oct, 2017 14:38 Some unusual solar activity has got social media spooked....
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Video: Who’s To Say? Does content policing by Twitter & FB violate freedom of...

Twitter has banned a campaign post by Marsha Blackburn, a Republican candidate running for senator in Tennessee. It removed her video, claiming it was...

Rose McGowan’s Twitter restored after mysterious suspension

Published time: 12 Oct, 2017 19:08 Edited time: 12 Oct, 2017 20:02 Rose McGowan’s account was...

Twitter blocks political ad over claim against Planned Parenthood

Published time: 9 Oct, 2017 23:08 A Senate campaign video ad by Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn...

Own goal! Why are Twitter users mercilessly mocking UKIP’s new logo?

UKIP has been accused of “ripping off” one of the most recognisable logos in British...

Twitter testifies on ‘Russian meddling,’ Senate not amused

Responding to demands to look into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, Twitter executives met...

Brevity no longer the soul of twit: Twitter to double character limit

Twitter has started testing a new feature that would double the number of characters users can...

Twitter cites ‘newsworthiness’ as reason for not removing threatening Trump tweet

Published time: 27 Sep, 2017 00:19 Edited time: 27 Sep, 2017 00:20 Twitter has said that...
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Video: German paper alleges Russian hackers promoted AfD on Twitter

A recent article in a German tabloid claimed that hundreds of Russian automated accounts on Twitter were allegedly used to promote the AfD's message. Via...

Last Word? Twitter loses it after MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell blows up in leaked tirade

Published time: 21 Sep, 2017 04:16 Video has leaked of cable news anchor Lawrence O’Donnell having...

Twitter users urge calm after Parsons Green tube explosion

Published time: 15 Sep, 2017 09:19 Edited time: 15 Sep, 2017 12:16 Many are taking...

After Twitter Porn Snafu, Moralizer Ted Cruz Is Not Going to Have a Good...

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who ran for president in 2016 and is a favorite of the Christian right, will be fighting a...

Ted Cruz ‘likes’ porn video on Twitter, internet comes down hard

Published time: 12 Sep, 2017 09:57 The Twitter account belonging to conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz...
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Video: Twitter & Trade Wars? Trump left with several options after North Korean test

With the crisis on the Korean peninsula continuing to escalate, the US envoy to the United Nations says diplomacy is failing with North Korea,...

‘Propaganda talents’: Lord Adonis accuses BBC’s Andrew Neil of pro-Brexit bias in Twitter spat

Published time: 4 Sep, 2017 09:58 BBC veteran political interviewer Andrew Neil is “thoroughly biased”...

Wild theories & hot takes: Smoke from Russian consulate in SF causes Twitter frenzy

Smoke billowing from the roof of the Russian consulate in San Francisco can only mean one...
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Video: Anne Frank Center: Trump’s Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended

https://democracynow.org - President Donald Trump continues to face outrage over his response to last weekend's deadly white supremacist rally in ... Via Youtube

Anne Frank Center: Trump's Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended

President Donald Trump continues to face outrage over his response to last weekend's deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where racism and anti-Semitism...
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Video: Naming & Shaming: US Twitter activists work to track down Charlottesville protesters

The hunt is underway for activists on both sides. Online, there's a fervent Twitter campaign to name the Charlottesville protesters, while the US Justice...

Obama sets ‘likes’ record on Twitter over Charlottesville violence

Former US President Barack Obama’s anti-racism tweet has gained a record number of likes and an...

Brexit Secretary David Davis lazy, inept and close to BBC, ex-aide claims in Twitter...

Published time: 15 Aug, 2017 12:36 David Davis’ former aide has launched a Twitter tirade...

Nuke-free zone? UK estate agent causes Twitter fury for mapping ‘radiation impact’ on property

Published time: 12 Aug, 2017 05:41 Edited time: 12 Aug, 2017 05:42 A UK estate...

Twitter stock tumbles amid crackdown on 'trolls', as 2 million users leave

Twitter said it failed to add any new monthly active users globally during its second quarter....

‘White Rabbit’ Twitter Account Dropped 28,000 Hillary Emails Online

As reported on Sunday at The Gateway Pundit website: A mysterious IT specialist, who goes by the name The Forensicator, published a detailed report...

Twitter lawsuit seeking right to reveal US surveillance requests moves forward

Published time: 6 Jul, 2017 21:57 A US district judge has denied the Department of Justice’s...

Twitter Looking at Ways to Detect ‘Fake News’ (Hint: It's not Going to be...

Twitter is exploring adding a feature that would let users flag tweets that contain misleading, false or harmful information, according to two people familiar...

#NastyParty: Twitter fumes as Tories find £1bn for DUP but deny emergency workers pay...

Published time: 29 Jun, 2017 11:33 The Tories are facing a barrage of social media...

UK minister tells broadcasters to be ‘patriotic’ during Brexit, Twitter responds swiftly

Published time: 24 Jun, 2017 15:49 Edited time: 24 Jun, 2017 15:50 UK cabinet minister...

Facebook & Twitter being used to manipulate public opinion, report claims

Governments and individuals are using social media to promote political propaganda, lies and misinformation to...

‘Race catastrophe’: Twitter calls for #JusticeforPhilando after cop acquitted of all charges

Published time: 17 Jun, 2017 15:25 Edited time: 17 Jun, 2017 15:51 Twitter erupted in outrage...

White South Africans are Dying and Twitter is Actively Censoring it

A long time ago I read the 600+ pages of the atrocities committed during Pinochet’s dictatorship. I’m no leftie and I know...

Trump’s Twitter Bombs

Donald Trump missed his opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve...

London tower fire: Twitter captures aftermath of ‘unprecedented’ blaze (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Published time: 14 Jun, 2017 18:19 Emergency services continue to deal with the fallout of...

Trump’s social media director violated Hatch Act targeting GOP congressman on Twitter

An independent investigation has found that White House social media director Dan Scavino violated federal law...

‘False statements & lies’: Trump takes to Twitter to slam Comey testimony

Donald Trump has issued a much anticipated tweet in response to James Comey's Senate Intelligence Committee...

Kurt Eichenwald Accidentally Outs Himself as a Hentai Enthusiast on Twitter

Jun 8, 2017 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv Kurt Eichenwald has somewhat of a knack for embarrassing himself. A while...

Trump violated Twitter users’ First Amendment rights when he blocked them – lawyers

A legal group wants President Donald Trump to unblock users from his Twitter account, arguing that...

#TheresaMayGIFs: UK PM’s Q&A performance sends Twitter into sarcasm spree

Published time: 30 May, 2017 01:30 Edited time: 30 May, 2017 01:32 Twitter users took...

Twitter Suspends WND for Seth Rich Report

Twitter, whose founder has expressed regret that his organization’s advocacy for free speech may have contributed to Donald Trump’s election as president,...

‘Constitutional crisis’: Trump’s firing of FBI director ignites Twitter frenzy

The unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey has ignited a war of words and tweets....

Twitter turns tables on UK govt & MI5, blocking access to thwart online spying

Twitter has blocked the British government and its domestic spy agency MI5 from accessing data on potential terrorist threats in a bid to tackle...

Trump says ‘Korea used to be a part of China’…. Twitter goes ballistic &...

Social media has been buzzing since Donald Trump said Korea “used to be a part of...

‘How many civilians killed there?’ Twitter rages as Trump drops 'mother of all bombs'...

Published time: 13 Apr, 2017 21:31Edited time: 14 Apr, 2017 16:26 The US Military dropping the largest...

US govt drops Twitter lawsuit over ‘rogue’ alt-government account

Published time: 8 Apr, 2017 03:59 US Customs and Border Protection is no longer suing Twitter over...

Government Backs Down on Attempt to Unmask Twitter User Critical of Immigration Policy

ACLUThe federal government has withdrawn a summons sent to Twitter demanding that the company turn over information that would identify the user of an...

Ex-Chancellor Osborne made editor of London Evening Standard… & Twitter can’t handle it

The London Evening Standard’s new editor will be former Tory Chancellor George Osborne, who on...

Twitter Lights Up After 'Too Embarrassing to Watch' Trump-Merkel Press Conference

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Donald Trump for the first time Friday, and the encounter between the liberal European leader and the...

Trump on Twitter: DNC blasted for shutting FBI out of hacked server

Published time: 5 Mar, 2017 19:23 Donald Trump’s latest Twitter outburst questioning whether the Democratic National Committee...

‘Trump’s new job’: WH Press Sec Sean Spicer troller over latest Twitter gaffe

Published time: 3 Mar, 2017 13:25 Maybe some people just aren’t meant for social networking. Sean Spicer,...

Marine Le Pen Loses Immunity, Could Face Prosecution for Posting Photos of ISIS Victims...

By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been targeted by the EU establishment. Reuters: European Union lawmakers lifted the EU parliamentary...
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Video: #1917LIVE: Relive Russian Revolution as it happened with interactive website & Twitter project

With just days until the 100th anniversary of the February Revolution, RT is taking #1917LIVE – a unique project covering 1917 in Russia in...

Twitter bots ‘linked to Russia’ now accused of targeting UKIP in Stoke by-election

Published time: 22 Feb, 2017 16:31 Another day, and more accusations of Russian interference in elections....

Twitter continues court fight for right to disclose government surveillance requests

Twitter attorneys told a federal judge that the US government restricted its First Amendment rights by barring the social media giant from publishing a...

Michael Flynn’s resignation ‘karma’ for Clinton accusations, says Twitter

General Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security advisor has sparked heated reaction online, where many see it as “karma” for harshly criticizing Hillary Clinton. Some...

Twitter Shares Crash Following Quarterly Earnings Report Release

Twitter shares crashed on Thursday following the release of the company’s 4th quarter earnings report. CNBC reports that the social media company...

#BoycottBudweiser: Twitter clash over beer company’s Super Bowl migration ad (VIDEO)

Hours before Super Bowl LI kicks off, a Twitter war has erupted over Budweiser’s half-time advertising...

Drink or boycott? Starbucks coffee war erupts on Twitter over US immigration policy

A bizarre debate on whether or not to boycott Starbucks coffee is bubbling over on Twitter,...

#DeleteUber: Twitteratti wrath is swift as Uber drivers ‘break’ JFK taxi strike

#DeleteUber is trending on Twitter as angry customers vow to scrap the ridesharing app after reports alleged that Uber drivers broke a strike staged...

Twitter reveals details of 2 FBI national security letters after gag order lifted

Twitter has revealed it received two national security orders from the FBI, accompanied by gag orders,...

NBC comedy writer suspended after mocking Trump’s 10yo son on Twitter

Katie Rich, a writer from an NBC comedy program, was suspended from the show after mocking...

Watch Your Twitters

When the late Don Drysdale was throwing fastballs for the Los Angeles Dodgers he would say, if the other team’s pitcher threw at the...

Valium, couches & grizzlies: Twitter finds funny side of Senate confirmation hearings

Senators appear to be a little loopy thanks to the number and the pacing of confirmation...

Body count: Judith Miller slammed on Twitter for saying Manning leaks killed people

Judith Miller, who through her reporting advocated invading Iraq in 2003, has been blasted on Twitter...
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Video: Meet Mr Russian: ‘We didn’t hack Trump’s Twitter; we hacked him!’

While the US continues to publicly accuse Russia of numerous hacking attacks without providing any proof, it actually actively uses its own advantages in...

RT broadcast interrupts C-SPAN live stream, sends Twitter into conspiracy craze (VIDEO)

Conspiracy theories went viral after C-SPAN’s regular footage was replaced by RT’s news feed for 10 minutes, switching from their live coverage of proceedings...
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Video: Retweet the Revolution: What if Twitter existed 100 years ago? (Nicholas II Promo)

https://twitter.com/NicholasII_1917 Just imagine – March 1917, the city of Pskov… Tsar Nicholas II of Russia signs a forced abdication and hands over the signed...

Terrorism victims' families sue Twitter, claiming it helped ISIS spread

The family members of three Americans killed in attacks by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have...

WikiLeaks & Clinton aide Tanden clash in Twitter spat

Neera Tanden, Clinton aide and regular feature in the WikiLeaks of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s...

‘Grow up, Donald’: Biden slams Trump for Twitter tirades & attacks on US intelligence

US Vice-President Joe Biden has criticized President-elect Donald Trump for raising questions about the US intelligence...

'Undesirable obsession': China slams Trump's 'Twitter foreign policy'

Chinese state media has recommended that US President-elect Donald Trump rethink angry, late night tweets, following...

Twittering While the World Comes to its Senses

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0 When Donald Trump Twittered something about nuclear weapons Dec. 23, I thought he must be deliberately trivializing...

Ban Trump, Twitter, and Free Speech

In the through-the-mirror world we now live in, people who once unambiguously supported free speech now are finding plenty of things they want censored. Chief...

Buckingham Palace forced to confirm the Queen is not dead after Twitter hoax

Rumors that Queen Elizabeth II died over Christmas spread across Twitter on Thursday evening after...

Assault by Twitter? Journalist Eichenwald says seizure triggered by social media user

Twitter has reportedly agreed to hand over specific user information to a senior Newsweek journalist who...

Rockettes' performance at Trump inauguration ignites twitter storm

The union for performers with the Radio City Rockettes says full-time dancers will be "obligated" to...

Orlando victims’ families sue Google, Facebook & Twitter for allegedly radicalizing attacker

Google, Facebook and Twitter are being sued by the families of those killed in June’s Pulse...

‘Unpresidented’: Trump corrects Chinese drone seizure Twitter mishap

US President-elect Donald Trump has once again become the butt of numerous jokes on social media...

Twitter drops ban against white nationalist leader Richard Spencer

Twitter has reinstated the account of white nationalist and leader of the so-called ‘alt-right movement’ Richard...

Bernie Sanders congratulates union leader at center of Trump twitterstorm

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has congratulated local union president Chuck Jones for becoming “the...

Twitter cuts ties with firm believed to help police spy on activists

Twitter is doubling down on its commitment to opposing police use of its data for surveillance....

Twitter: Donald Trump’s Account Will Be Banned if He Violates Rules

Twitter has revealed it will ban anyone from its platform should they violate any of their rules, including the account of President-elect Donald...

Trump’s proposal to strip flag-burners of citizenship sets Twitter ablaze

President-elect Donald Trump has stirred up a firestorm on social media by suggesting that burning the...
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Video: Trump vs. MSM: Donald’s twitter to become No1 source for White House news?

Donald Trump seems to be going to war with the US mainstream media. The president-elect has accused outlets of being dishonest and biased against...

Surveillance company cuts half its staff after losing Twitter & Facebook access

CIA-backed Chicago tech company Geofeedia’s hand was forced after Facebook, Instagram and Twitter cut ties with them for their part in helping law enforcement...

Twitter Verifies Official Muslim Brotherhood Account

Twitter has verified the official account of the Muslim Brotherhood, after previously banning conservatives, celebrity Trump supporters, and a women’s rights group who criticized Saudi Arabia. The...

#NotMyPrince: ‘Anti-colonial’ Twitter campaign rejects Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour

Prince Harry is facing anti-monarchy protesters during his trip to the Caribbean, where the hashtag...

Trump cabinet picks send Twitter into meltdown

Critics of President-elect Donald Trump reacted to his newest Cabinet picks with the same outrage they expressed over his choice of chief strategist. His...

Twitter CEO apologizes after backlash over promotion of white supremacist ad

Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey has used the social media platform to apologize for the publication of a sponsored ad from a neo-Nazi...

Twitter Initiates Alt-Right Purge Days Before NPI Conference

On Tuesday, Twitter suspended a number of prolific Alt-Right accounts. Among those suspended were prolific shitlords such as Paul Town, John Rivers, and Ricky...

Twitter suspends white nationalist accounts after publishing new rules

Social media company Twitter suspended several accounts run by people associated with white nationalist ideas, or...

FBI gains access to tweet-mining app despite Twitter snooping ban

The FBI has gained access to Twitter-linked analytics tool Dataminr, citing the use of Twitter by terrorist organizations. But that appears to violate Twitter's...

Stop John Bolton – On Twitter

The battle for the soul of the Trump administration is already going full swing – and he isn’t even President...
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Video: ‘Highly inaccurate’: Trump picks Twitter fight with NY Times

On the same day he promised a more “restrained” approach to social media, Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets directed at the...

‘Very poor & highly inaccurate’: Trump picks Twitter fight with NY Times

On the same day he promised a more “restrained” approach to social media, Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets directed at the...
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Video: BBC interview with French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sparks Twitterstorm

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, is to appear on the BBC's 'Andrew Marr Show', according to an announcement by the...

BBC interview with French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sparks Twitterstorm

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, is to appear on the BBC’s...

Trump denounces ‘media-incited’ protesters in angry Twitter post

Two days since his victory, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter once more, this time lashing...

Twitter turns on third-party candidates in search for Clinton scapegoat

Third-party presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are facing a torrent of abuse on Twitter...

#RIPAmerica: Brits say ‘sorry American friends’ on Twitter in lament at Trump win

Published time: 9 Nov, 2016 11:34Edited time: 9 Nov, 2016 11:44 Brits have taken to social...

#ImVotingBecause: Voters take over Twitter with inspirations for their choices

Just hours away from the first votes of the 2016 election, many Americans are sharing their...

Trump aides take over his Twitter account in final stages of campaign – report

Donald Trump’s assistants have taken control of his Twitter account for the final stages of the...

Obama mocks Trump with Twitter jab

#StopFundingHate: Twitter users demand Daily Mail boycott over Brexit ruling coverage

Thousands have taken to social media with the hashtag #StopFundingHate to urge companies advertising with...

Waves of Cyber Attacks Hit Netflix, Spotify, Twitter

At least two successive waves of online attacks blocked multiple major websites Friday, at times making it impossible for many users on the...

Twitter loses it over British Army ‘blackface’ tweet

The polarization of the left and right-wings of the Twittersphere has been laid bare by...

Podesta’s Twitter, new email hacked by 4chan users

It's certainly not John Podesta's week. Both the Twitter and email account of Hillary Clinton's campaign...

‘Twitter troll’ quits city hall over links to vicious online campaign against MPs

A senior official at London’s city hall has left his post amid allegations that he’s...

Trump’s porn film past pops up after Twitter ‘sex tape’ rant (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Donald Trump’s porn movie past has been dug up after the presidential candidate attacked a former...

Twitter Suspends Women’s Rights Group After Criticizing Saudi Arabia

Twitter is accused of suspending accounts that engaged in the #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen hashtag, including a self-proclaimed non-profit Saudi female empowerment organization, S.A.F.E Movement. The...

Taste the rainbow: Donald Trump, Jr. compares refugees to poison Skittles, Twitter reacts

Published time: 20 Sep, 2016 03:27Edited time: 20 Sep, 2016 03:27 A tweet from Donald Trump, Jr....

‘American people deserve better’: Snowden refutes House report through Twitter outburst

Edward Snowden addressed specific claims of the report by the House Intel Committee, which accused him...

The Russians are coming! Twitter flips over Trump interview with Larry King on RT

Social media clutched its collective pearls after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did a phone interview...

‘I served for his right to protest’: Veterans take over Twitter with support for...

After days of shaming, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for US anthem, has...

Facebook, Twitter & YouTube ‘consciously failing’ to tackle online extremism – MPs

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others are “consciously failing” to combat extremist material...

Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard as their liberal opponents to win elections because...
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Video: Milo Yiannopoulos @Nero Responds To Being Permanently Blocked On Twitter

In this video Luke Rudkowski attends the Gays For Trump party where Milo Yiannopoulos gave a statement just after finding out that he was...

Twitter suspends account of Guccifer 2.0, hacker behind DNC & DCCC leaks

The Twitter account of Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who claimed responsibility for leaking a trove of Democratic National Committee documents, was suspended less than...
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Video: Milo Yiannopoulos Confronts Twitter At The RNC

In this video Milo Yiannopoulos goes to Twitter in the pressroom of the RNC and confronts employees of the social media organization about being...

Ex-CIA head endorsement of ‘prepared, detailed-oriented’ Hillary Clinton sparks Twitter mockery

Michael Morell, the former head of the CIA, endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and said that...

What makes Hillary ‘short circuit’? Twitter wonders after candidate’s email comment

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew ridicule after using an unfortunate turn of phrase to describe...

Twitter erupts at ‘hypocrite’ Trump after reports of wife’s apparent visa issues

While Twitterers were busy analyzing Melania Trump’s adult-friendly photos, a new dose of hot revelations emerged....

Trump Gets His Talking Points From White Supremacist Twitter Accounts

Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada, January 10, 2016. (Photo: Darron Birgenheier / Flickr)Donald Trump's call on Russia to hack and release...

Donald Trump’s mom gets trolled hard on Twitter, here’s why (PHOTO)

Twitter may have just uncovered the most damning insight into what makes Donald Trump “The Donald”:...

‘Mothers of the Movement’: DNC guests spark trending Twitter war over Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter gained prominent attention at the Democratic National Convention when seven mothers of infamously...

Big Pharma boss Shkreli attacks Bernie Sanders on Twitter, senator fails to take bait

Possibly the most hated man in America, Big Pharma baron Martin Shkreli has become embroiled in...

‘He did everything right & got shot’: Twitter in disbelief over Charles Kinsey police...

Twitter users are outraged after Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist who had been helping an autistic...

Twitter abuzz over Laura Ingraham’s ‘Nazi salute’

Twitter is beside itself talking about popular radio host Laura Ingraham’s alleged “Nazi salute” that appeared...

#AllLivesDidntMatter: Twitter trend challenges opponents of Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter has proven to be an effective name for the movement now entering its...

Where in the world is El Chapo? Rumors of his escape send internet atwitter

Has the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escaped from prison a third time? The...

Missing the Biggest Story About Trump's Twitter Images

Over the holiday weekend, major media rightly piled on about Donald Trump's recent recycling of neo-Nazi imagery -- in particular his Hillary-hating...

Twitter users have last laugh as Boris pulls out of Tory leadership race

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson’s announcement that he will not join the race to become...

‘Leave’ donor Arron Banks attacks journalists on Twitter over Brexit racism links

Diamond-mining tycoon and major ‘Leave’ campaign donor Arron Banks has gone on a social media...

#PostRefRacism: Twitter documents appalling rise of post-Brexit racism

Flyers saying “no more Polish vermin” posted in letterboxes, protesters holding signs reading “Rapefugees not...

Pig farmer or 007? Twitter gives Cameron career advice as legacy crumbles

Hot on the heels of David Cameron’s resignation as Britain’s prime minister social media users...
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Video: BREAKING: Milo Yiannopoulos Censored On Twitter

In this video Luke Rudkowski covers how twitter just suspended Milo Yiannopoulos twitter account and at the same time allows ISIS to use their...

After Orlando: Twitter Recoils from Islamophobia, Takes Aim at Gun Laws

Twitter users responded to the shooting in Orlando, Florida, with an abundance of love and prayers for the victims, their families, and the gay...

Student activist gets 90 days in jail for fake racial threats on Twitter

A University student received a 90-day county jail sentence, along with five years’ probation, and must...

Under Israeli pressure, Facebook and Twitter delete large amounts of Palestinian content

Facebook and Twitter have recently deleted thousands of posts, pages and accounts in response to demands from the Israeli ministry of justice,...

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Microsoft back EU "hate speech" censorship rules

Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft on Tuesday agreed to an EU code of conduct to tackle online hate speech within 24...

UKIP MEP fails English test with Twitter gaffe, internet goes crazy

UKIP MEP David Coburn has been ridiculed on social media after his tweet stressing the...

@GCHQ joins Twitter with ‘Hello, World’ greeting – instantly gets trolled

Britain’s secretive electronic spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), joined Twitter on Monday, only...

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service Peter Van Buren, May 11, 2016 Twitter claims it does not want...

Twitter bans US intelligence access to Dataminr analytics – report

Twitter has banned the US intelligence agencies from using a service called Dataminr, which searches through real-time tweets to detect newsworthy events, including terror...
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by Stephen Lendman

He's obsessed with Iran. He's Israel's worst ever leader. He exceeds Sharonian evil. He responded harshly to Hassan Rohani's election.

He attacked him unfairly. He called his agenda "talk and enrich. Talk and continue to enrich uranium. For future nuclear weapons."

"We cannot accept anything less than the total cessation of all enrichment of nuclear materials at all levels, removal from Iran of all enriched nuclear material, closure of Iran's elicit nuclear facilities," he said.

"Until Iran meets these demands, pressure must be stepped up and Iranian nuclear program must be stopped. Period."

His Twitter campaign is called "The Real Face of Iran." He's targeting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. More on it below.

His October UN General Assembly Address mentioned Iran 70 times. Separately, he mentioned Rohani 25 times. 

One anti-Iranian epithet followed another. He rages against the Islamic Republic every chance he gets. 

He falsely claims it wants Israel destroyed. He lies about its nuclear program. It's entirely peaceful.

Iran threatens no one. Netanyahu's bluster wore thin long ago. It continues unabated. The New York Times was uncharacteristically critical.

On October 11, it headlined "Netanyahu Takes a Lonely Stance Denouncing Iran," saying:

He "come(s) off sounding shrill. (He) risks seeming frozen in the past amid a shifting geopolitical landscape."

He's "(i)ncreasingly alone abroad and at home. (He) stubbornly argues that if people would just study the facts, they would surely agree with him."

He launched an "energetic (anti-Iranian) media blitz. (He) embarked  on the public-diplomacy campaign of his career."

He's trying to prevent what he calls "a bad deal" with Iran. He insists on a complete halt to Iranian enrichment as well as maintaining stiff sanctions.

He "appears out of step with" growing numbers of others. He's increasingly isolated. It's not new for "a man with few personal friends."

He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to do the wrong thing. He's "comfortable predicting disaster." He likes "scaring people." According to Jerusalem political consultant Mitchell Barak:

"The problem is now he's lost momentum. His message is clear. His message is the same. The situation is the same, but everyone else's perspective has changed." 

Since addressing the UN in October, he hasn't stopped selling his message. Israeli political analysts call him action averse but diplomatically deft. He's comfortable behind a microphone or in front of a camera.

According to The Times:

"His United Nations speech went through 50 drafts, and 45 minutes before go-time he replaced three pages near the top with a single punchy paragraph ending: 'Hope charts the future. Vigilance protects it.' "

Iran remains his "signature issue." Israeli journalist/Netanyahu biographer Ben Caspit said:

"Even though most Israelis dislike him, they see him as the best advocate. He knows how to deliver the goods when we are talking about talking."

"He's a professional whistleblower. He's a professional prophet. But all the time pessimistic, threatening."

He's increasingly a solo act on the world stage. He's a one-man show in Israel. Until Avigdor Lieberman's disgraceful acquittal on serious charges demanding punishment, he doubled as foreign minister.

Despite opposition within his Likud Party ranks, no challenger to his top status emerged.

His office wall features a map of Iran prominently. It's his obsession. He repeatedly cries wolf about a nonexistent threat.

He's accused of pursuing a Messianic crusade. He claims a near divine right to defend Israel from a nuclear Iran.

"I'm not going to let that happen," he says. "It's not going to happen." He knows Iran's program is peaceful. 

He claims otherwise publicly. He threatens to attack unilaterally. He's partnered with Obama's war on Syria. 

He's waging one on Occupied Palestine. He calls nonviolent civilians terrorist threats. His main obsession remains Iran. He wants a regional rival removed.

On November 5, Haaretz headlined "Netanyahu launches Twitter campaign against Iran's Khamenei to show 'real face of Iran."

He began by focusing on anti-American protests. On November 4, they marked Student Day. They reflected the 34th anniversary of taking over Washington's Tehran embassy.

Demonstrators burned American flags. They chanted "Death to America." They have just cause to be angry.

Netanyahu's official Twitter feed headlined "The Real Face of Iran." It featured photos of Iranians burning US flags. It showed Imam Khamenei denouncing America.

It ignored his support for nuclear negotiations. At the same time, he's justifiably negative on their outcome.

"With God's permission," he said, "we will not be harmed by these negotiations. (I)f (they) reach a conclusion then all the better, but if they don't it will mean that the country must stand on its own feet."

He criticized Washington for imposing lawless sanctions. They harm ordinary Iranians most.

"We must not trust an enemy who smiles," he said. "From one side, the Americans smile and express a desire to negotiate, and from another side they immediately say all options are on the table."

Obama insists he'll "take (none) off the table, including military options, in terms of making sure that we do not have nuclear weapons in Iran."

Netanyahu took full advantage of anti-American street protests.

"People are saying: What is the true face of the Iranian regime," he asked?

"(T)hey obviously changed their style. They speak now in English and they smile. They smile in the talks in Europe." 

"But that regime, which is controlled by Khamenei, has tens of thousands of people on the streets of Tehran today chanting 'death to America,' celebrating the seizure of the US Embassy in 1979, 34 years ago." 

"They're celebrating, and Khamenei, who is the real ruler of Iran, yesterday says: 'America is the most hated country in the world. You can't believe a word of what they say.' And he fuels that hatred. That's the real Iran."

"Do we want this country to have nuclear weapons? And the answer is: Absolutely not. America and the P5+1 should listen to the chants of ‘Death to America’ in Tehran, and give no discounts to Tehran."

A Final Comment

On November 7, Netanyahu rejected what Washington calls a "first step" interim six-month agreement in return for limited sanctions relief.

It weakens pressure, he said. "Iran's concessions are non-concessions," he claims.

Iranian officials maintain optimism. Thursday talks began well, they said. At the same time, discussions aren't easy. Much remains unresolved.

After the morning session, Catherine Ashton's spokesman, Michael Mann, said EU nations hope to make concrete progress.

Talks seek a verifiable agreement satisfying everyone. Iran must prove its peaceful nuclear intentions, he added.

Deputy Foreign Minister/senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi rejected reports about Iran suspending its enrichment for six months.

It's "important to us and is our redline," he said. Many differences remain, he added.

"Bringing the viewpoints close to each other is not an easy job and it is still too early for an assessment."

"We can say that we are in a good and positive situation, but we should wait to see at what speed the viewpoints come close to each other."

Talks "continue on Friday. Various and complicated issues are on the negotiating table, and reaching an agreement is not an easy job and we hope that we can have good progress today and tomorrow."

More talks may follow, he added. Geneva will likely host them. "Iran's goal is endorsement of an agreement between the two sides, and the other side also has the same view," he stressed.

Anti-Iranian hostility persisted for decades. Clear signs of change aren't apparent. America has lots of proving to do. 

Rhetoric is no substitute for fair-minded policy. None mattering most appears forthcoming.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Published time: February 26, 2013 23:53
Edited time: February 26, 2013 23:46

Screenshot from Twitter.com/AFP

Pro-Assad cyber activists have hacked the Agence France-Presse news agency's Twitter, filling it with propaganda aimed at counterbalancing what they call “fabricated news” by Western media sources.

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The social networking site said usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords may have been taken during an "extremely sophisticated" attack on its systems.

It said one attack was shut down moments after it was detected, adding that the passwords of users who may have been affected had been reset.

In a blog postin g , Bob Lord, director of information security at Twitter, said there had been "a recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at US technology and media companies", with the New York Times among those targeted.

He said: "Our investigation has indicated the attackers may have had access to limited user information - usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords - for approximately 250,000 users.

"As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts."

"This attack was not the work of amateurs and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," he added. "The attackers were extremely sophisticated and we believe other companies and organisations have also been recently similarly attacked."

One expert said the hackers may have gained access through an employee's home or work computer by exploiting vulnerabilities in Java, a widely-used computing language.

Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy and security researcher, said such a move would give attackers "a toehold" in Twitter's internal network, potentially allowing them to track user information as it travelled across the company's systems or break into specific areas, such as the authentication servers that process users' passwords.

Although the hackers are unlikely to have gained any confidential information, Mr Soltani said the stolen credentials could be used to access other services for which a person has signed up using the same username and password.

Mr Lord said that although "only a very small percentage" of users were potentially affected, everyone who uses the site should ensure their password is secure.

He said passwords should be at least 10 characters long, contain upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, and be different to passwords used for other online accounts.

Twitter Hacked: Up To 250,000 Passwords Taken

Around 250,000 Twitter users may have had their accounts compromised by computer hackers.

The social networking site said usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords may have been taken during an "extremely sophisticated" attack on its systems.

It said one attack was shut down moments after it was detected, adding that the passwords of users who may have been affected had been reset.

In a blog postin g , Bob Lord, director of information security at Twitter, said there had been "a recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at US technology and media companies", with the New York Times among those targeted.

He said: "Our investigation has indicated the attackers may have had access to limited user information - usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords - for approximately 250,000 users.

"As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts."

"This attack was not the work of amateurs and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," he added. "The attackers were extremely sophisticated and we believe other companies and organisations have also been recently similarly attacked."

One expert said the hackers may have gained access through an employee's home or work computer by exploiting vulnerabilities in Java, a widely-used computing language.

Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy and security researcher, said such a move would give attackers "a toehold" in Twitter's internal network, potentially allowing them to track user information as it travelled across the company's systems or break into specific areas, such as the authentication servers that process users' passwords.

Although the hackers are unlikely to have gained any confidential information, Mr Soltani said the stolen credentials could be used to access other services for which a person has signed up using the same username and password.

Mr Lord said that although "only a very small percentage" of users were potentially affected, everyone who uses the site should ensure their password is secure.

He said passwords should be at least 10 characters long, contain upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, and be different to passwords used for other online accounts.

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

AFP Photo / Lionel Bonaventure

AFP Photo / Lionel Bonaventure

Twitter has become the latest target of a sophisticated cyber attack, with around 250,000 accounts exposed. The breach appears to be the latest in a string of attacks on news content sites that’s being blamed on Chinese hackers.

­In its blog, Twitter has announced that it has detected “unusual access” patterns to user’s data and one live attack, which the company has successfully disabled. However, the company states that quarter of a million users have had their information hacked.

“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked,” statement explained.

As a precautionary security measure, Twitter has reset passwords and revoked session tokens for those accounts it believes were compromised. The company also warns of increased cyber-attack activity throughout the internet and encourages strengthening one’s account passwords.

The social media giant, which arguably revolutionized the news world with immediate access to information, concurs with the recent US Department of Homeland Security warning to disable Java on internet browsers. The company is also “helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.”

Twitter fell short of accusing anyone of the attack, but indirectly indicated that it followed a pattern previously reported by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

On Wednesday, the NYT have announced that passwords and accounts of their staff have been infiltrated for four months by hackers from China.

The timing of the attacks coincided with an investigative report into the wealth of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister. 

The Times hired an expert to determine the source of the attack who concluded that “the attacks started from the same university computers used by the Chinese military to attack United States military contractors in the past.”

China’s Ministry of National Defense responded to the accusations “Chinese laws prohibit any action including hacking that damages Internet security.” It added that “to accuse the Chinese military of launching cyberattacks without solid proof is unprofessional and baseless,” NYT quotes.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal made similar accusations, “Chinese hackers believed to have government links have been conducting wide-ranging electronic surveillance of media companies including The Wall Street Journal.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted by the WSJ as saying “Cyber-attacks are transnational and anonymous. It's very hard to track the source of attack,” he said. “To presume the source of a hacking attack based on speculation is irresponsible and unprofessional.” He added that “Chinese authorities make serious efforts in fighting cyber-attacks.”

Also on Thursday, Bloomberg announced that unsuccessful attempts had been made to access its system.

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Twitter has released its second transparency report, which demonstrated a frightening increase in requests for user data by the US government and ignited serious concerns over privacy and free expression.

­The list disclosed data requests from over 30 nations, and revealed that the US government was responsible for 815 of the 1,009 information requests in the second half of 2012 – just over 80 percent of all inquiries.

Twenty percent of all US requests were 'under seal,' meaning that users were not notified that their information was accessed.

The overall number of requests worldwide also steadily increased last year, rising from 849 in the January to June 2012 period to 1009 in the July to December 2012 period.

Twitter’s legal policy manager Jeremy Kessel blogged that, “it is vital for us (and other Internet services) to be transparent about government requests for user information.”

“These growing inquiries can have a serious chilling effect on free expression – and real privacy implications,”
he wrote.

He went on to express hopes that the publication of the transparency data would be helpful in two ways – “to raise public awareness about these invasive requests,” and “to enable policy makers to make more informed decisions.”

The majority of US requests were subpoenas, which comprised 60 percent of government demands for information. Subpoenas usually seek user information such as email addresses affiliated with accounts and IP logs. A user's whereabouts can generally be located by the IP address they are using.  

Twitter complied with US government requests 69 percent of the time, according to the report.

Twitter released its transparency report on January 28, dubbed ‘Data Privacy Day.’ The US National Cyber Security alliance said it founded the day to “empower people to protect their privacy.”

According to Twitter's report, several other governments made over 10 requests each for personal information, including Brazil, Canada, France, Japan and the UK. Japan ranked the second-highest on the list after the US; however, the US made 753 more demands for information than Japan.  

Google released a statement marking the occasion, saying that the company “[doesn’t] want our services to be used in harmful ways,” and that it is “important that laws protect you against overly broad requests for your personal information.”

Earlier this month, France ruled that Twitter must disclose to authorities the identities of people writing anti-Semitic tweets using the hashtags #UnBonJuif [A Good Jew] and #UnJuifMort [A Dead Jew]. The social networking platform will be fined 1,000 euros a day until it complies.

The publication of the survey came shortly after Google published its own transparency report, which showed a similarly disturbing 25 percent rise in data requests from government authorities. The report also revealed that the US had made the most requests for private information to Google of any government: Over 8,438 in the second half of 2012.

UK-based rights group Privacy International later commented that “Google, Facebook and Twitter are highly vulnerable to government intrusion.”

“I am alarmed by the number of government requests and concerned that so many are done with merely a subpoena,” said John Simpson, a consumer advocate with the California-based group Consumer Watchdog. “A warrant should be required.”

­Rhyme it: Online robot creates poetry out of Twitter posts

Screenshot from twitter.com user @pentametron

Screenshot from twitter.com user @pentametron

A Twitter bot turning random public posts into poetry has become the latest darling of Twitter. Pentametron is represented by Shakespeare’s face framed in a Twitter egg, and rhymes random users’ posts into poetic couplets.

Knowingly or not many users write their posts on Twitter in iambic pentameter. Pentametron, the online robot created by enthusiast Ranjit Bhatnagar seeks out such tweets and then re-tweets them in rhyming couplets.

The rhymed tweets appear on Pentametron’s public Twitter account and on the robot’s website. Users whose public messages, fitting into the ten-syllable alternating-stress meter commonly used by Shakespeare, may never even know their posts have become part of an amusing online poetry project.

The robot uses only plain text, first of all getting rid of emoticons and smiles, the Gawker reported earlier this year. Then the robot checks the pronunciation of each word in the CMU Pronouncing Dictionary to determine whether the post is in iambic pentameter and then combines the posts into couplets and even 14-lined sonnets.

The creator of the robot Ranjit Bhatnagar says he’s always been keen to find ways to make his life brighter. "I always find some new funny or accidentally profound thing there to enjoy," he told Gawker.

"It's fascinating to me that … one of the most popular sites just moves words around… One of the goals of Pentametron is to show how weird and interesting this giant flood of language is," he added.

Screenshot from pentametron.com
Screenshot from pentametron.com

‘Sugarmama has arrived’: Sharapova takes Twitter by storm

Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a return to compatriot Olga Puchkova in their women's singles match on the first day of the Australian Open (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)

Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a return to compatriot Olga Puchkova in their women's singles match on the first day of the Australian Open (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)

Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova needed just one short entry to become a star on Twitter.

­“Your ultimate sugarmama has arrived,” Sharapova’s first ever tweet said.

The entry was followed by a colorful picture, on which the World No. 2 imitates the inflating of soap bubbles.

Over 23.000 people followed Maria’s microblog in the first hours after it was launched, with the number increasing every minute.

Besides Twitter, Sharapova has an account on Facebook and an official website.

The 25-year-old is currently in Melbourne competing in the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.

Maria had a perfect start to the event, not giving a single game away to compatriot Olga Puchkova 6-0 6-0 in the first round.

Maria Sharapova (Screenshot from twitter.com user @MariaSharapova)
Maria Sharapova (Screenshot from twitter.com user @MariaSharapova)

Social selection: MPs to look for young aides on Twitter

Members of the youth movement Nashi. (RIA Novosti / Sysoev)

Members of the youth movement Nashi. (RIA Novosti / Sysoev)

From the end of January Russian lawmakers will start searching popular social networking services and various websites to recruit young people as their assistants.

The move is part of a program aimed to popularize work in state structures which was developed by the presidential council on inter-ethnic relations. Under the document, deputies at all levels must have at least one aide aged between 18 and 30, while those in rural settlements can even involve 15-year-olds in their work.

Even though youngsters will not get paid, they will obtain experience in politics and, also, have a chance to realize their ideas through lawmakers, a member of the council, United Russia deputy Viktor Volodarsky told Izvestia daily.

Vacancies and requirements for candidates will be posted on official internet websites of state departments, legislatures, and United Russia’s regional branches as well as on pages of social networks such as Twitter.

The program will run till the end of 2016 – when the new State Duma (lower house) will be elected.

Under the law, each MP can have up to 45 aides, including five staff members and 40 volunteers. Each deputy’s assistant is allowed to visit state offices and departments.

Young volunteers can often be rather useful for lawmakers, says a senior member of the majority United Russia party, Olga Batalina. Many of them later become staff members or participate in other projects supervised by their bosses, she explained.

Fair Russia’s Valery Gartung argues though that the proposed popularization idea makes absolutely no sense. In his view, the Duma’s image has been tainted lately as “the parliament turns any ridiculous ideas suggested by executive power into legislative initiatives.”

­Brad Pitt joins Chinese Twitter, hints at visit to communist state

Brad Pitt (AFP Photo / Nils Klinger)

Brad Pitt (AFP Photo / Nils Klinger)

Hollywood star Brad Pitt is so popular in China that he has signed up for an account on the Chinese version of Twitter. His first post on Wiebo hinted that the actor may soon be visiting the communist state, drawing comments from thousands of users.

“It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming,” a message posted on Pitt’s page on Sina Weibo read.

The news of one of the world’s sexiest men planning to visit China was shared and quoted over 30,000 times and sparked a wave of comments, with thousands of surprised users expressing their excitement, AFP reported.

It is unclear if Pitt meant that he would be visiting China, or if he was just marking his arrival on the microblogging website.

Pitt's account had already gained over 100,000 followers in the six hours following the first post.

According to various film websites, Pitt was banned from entering China after starring in the 1997 movie 'Seven Years in Tibet,' based on the true story of the Austrian mountain climber who befriended the Dalai Lama while China began its occupation of Tibet. Beijing was reportedly angered by the film's negative depiction of the Chinese.

The Chinese government has long regulated and censored Internet activity in the country. Many popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China.

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Editor’s note: The violence that has taken place at Mall of America over the years, including this most recent incident, is a...

Tory Brexiteer warns rich to get money out of UK, invest elsewhere in hypocritical...

A senior Tory politician has urged the wealthy to pull their money out of the...

US court allows Trump’s travel ban to take partial effect — RT US News

Published time: 13 Nov, 2017 17:37 Edited time: 13 Nov, 2017 17:41 The 9th Circuit Court...

US ‘Spits in the Face’ of World by Promoting Fossil Fuels at UN Climate...

Climate campaigners on Monday said that for the U.S. delegation to promote fossil fuel expansion and nuclear energy at the UN climate summit in...

Sacked Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant died by hanging — RT UK News

Published time: 13 Nov, 2017 15:36 An inquest into the death of the Welsh Assembly...

NAACP rallies for ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ to be removed as national anthem — RT US...

Published time: 8 Nov, 2017 14:22 Edited time: 9 Nov, 2017 11:33 The California chapter of...

Did He Discover America 70 Years Before Columbus?

By April Holloway Ancient Origins November 13, 2017

Teacher faces sack after mistakenly calling trans student ‘girl’… despite immediate apology — RT...

A schoolteacher could be out of a job, suspended for calling a trans pupil by...

Arkansas Gun Battle – LewRockwell

By Jennifer Cruz Guns.com November 13, 2017

NSA whistleblower told CIA director DNC leak was inside job, not Russian hack —...

CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly met with NSA whistleblower William Binney for an hour at CIA...

Trump administration curtails travel & trade with Cuba — RT US News

Published time: 8 Nov, 2017 23:56 Edited time: 9 Nov, 2017 11:34 Sweeping new restrictions on...

USA Today gets trolled over ‘chainsaw bayonet’ assault rifle video — RT US News

USA Today got the opposite reaction it was looking for when it posted a video claiming...

Standing His Ground – LewRockwell

General store owner unleashes a hail of gunfire on three would-be robbers who try to hold him up Daily Mail November 11, 2017

Prince Harry breaches military rules by sporting beard at Remembrance Sunday service (PHOTOS) —...

Published time: 12 Nov, 2017 15:55 Edited time: 12 Nov, 2017 16:05 Prince Harry has...

‘Freedom for the Political Prisoners’: Hundreds of Thousands March in Barcelona

An estimated 750,000 people marched in Barcelona on Saturday to demand that the Spanish government release Catalan separatist leaders who are being held in...

Khan & Corbyn call for Boris Johnson to be sacked over diplomatic gaffes —...

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined calls for Boris Johnson to be sacked as UK...

What Craziness Is Going On in Saudi Arabia? | By Eric Margolis

What’s going on in Saudi Arabia? Over 200 bigwigs detained and billions of ‘illegal profits’ of some $800 billion confiscated. The kingdom is in an...

What have sleazy MPs been accused of in Westminster ‘sex pest’ scandal? — RT...

The Westminster ‘sex pest’ scandal will “clear out” sleazy behavior in Westminster, Home Secretary Amber...

Queen has millions invested offshore in predator firm preying on UK’s poorest — RT...

Published time: 6 Nov, 2017 09:25 Edited time: 7 Nov, 2017 08:08 A large cache...

Trump Widely Rebuked for Remarks About Alleged Election Interference by Russians

U.S. President Donald Trump was widely rebuked on Saturday after telling reporters he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims that the Russian government did...

‘String of brain-dead slogans’ – Social media reactions to RT’s foreign agent registration —...

The US Department of Justice’s demand that RT America register as a foreign agent or face...

‘Trying hard to be friend!’ Offended Trump says would never call Kim Jong-un ‘short...

Published time: 12 Nov, 2017 02:10 Edited time: 12 Nov, 2017 02:24 Donald Trump seems disappointed...

Trump lashes out at ‘haters & fools’ rejecting good relations with Russia as a...

Published time: 12 Nov, 2017 00:43 Edited time: 12 Nov, 2017 00:56 President Donald Trump has...

Boris Johnson will ‘call Iran’ after making gaffe that could see UK mother jailed...

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he’ll phone his counterpart in Iran amid fears comments he...

Nation That Says It Can’t Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on...

Protesters converge outside of the Internal Revenue Service on tax day in lower Manhattan to protest tax dollars being spent on the military...

New York subway ditches ‘ladies and gentlemen’ for gender neutral announcements — RT US...

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 20:58 New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is replacing all “ladies...

The Saudi Hand in Lebanon’s Crisis – Consortiumnews

Facing defeat in its proxy war for “regime change” in Syria, Saudi Arabia undertook some startling moves, including staging the...

3 times the royals got trolled — RT UK News

The Duke of Cambridge has warned of the toll that social media can take on...

War and Remembrance

I spent much of the morning before Veterans Day in various TV green rooms with a whole lot of vets, and also...

Green Party VP hits out at RT ‘foreign agent’ tag — RT US News

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 16:29 Ajamu Baraka, the vice presidential candidate for the Green Party...

NASA to test ‘space lasers’ with latest launch — RT US News

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 11:53 Edited time: 11 Nov, 2017 13:07 Sunday marks the day...

George Takei Accused of Sexually Assaulting Former Model in 1981

Editor’s note: The rank hypocrisy of the Hollywood establishment has become obvious. George Takei is the latest personality to be accused of...

‘There You Have It’: McConnell Says He ‘Misspoke’ When He Promised No Tax Hike...

Following the release of a slew of analyses showing that the GOP tax plan would raise taxes on many middle class families—despite repeated promises...

Mistrial declared in Texas biker shootout, ‘victory’ for gang leader — RT US News

A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Christopher “Jake” Carrizal, the first...

What Corporate Media Failed to Learn About Canadian Single-Payer

When it was announced that several journalists would travel with Sen. Bernie Sanders in October for a hospital tour of Canada to learn about...

‘Sex noise’ symphony over BBC Breakfast report leaves viewers baffled (VIDEO) — RT UK...

Published time: 10 Nov, 2017 13:28 Edited time: 10 Nov, 2017 13:58 BBC Breakfast show...

Moore Accuser a Democrat Activist

Nerve-shredding moment airliner makes epic nose-first landing caught on camera (PHOTOS) — RT UK...

Published time: 10 Nov, 2017 17:21 A passenger airplane was forced to make an emergency...

Green Party Victories And Highlights From The Nov. 7 Election | Green Party of...

WASHINGTON - The Green Party racked up several victories in local races in the Nov. 7 general election. At least 127 Green candidates were on the ballot on Nov....

Conservatives Learn the Wrong Lesson From GOP Defeat in Virginia

Ann Coulter speaks at Politicon on June 25, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)   If the reaction from prominent right-wing media figures is any...

UK prosecutors destroyed crucial emails in Assange case — RT UK News

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) admitted to deleting potentially crucial emails relating to attempts to...

Propaganda for Regime Change in Syria

The book Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace was published in October 2017. It is purportedly written by...

Theresa May wound down a ‘Priti’ bad day with a toast to Daily Mail...

Published time: 9 Nov, 2017 12:01 Edited time: 9 Nov, 2017 12:03 Theresa May had...

DREAMers take over Senate building, demand immigration reform — RT US News

More than a dozen people were arrested after hundreds of illegal immigrant students walked out of...

What Communists did to my Family in the Soviet Gulags

A good way to grasp the breadth of communism’s evils is to understand the depth of the suffering in the lives of...

NBC News’ Breezy Whitewash of White Supremacist Group

by Adam Johnson Screengrab from NBC profile (11/2/17) of the racist, misogynist Proud Boys organization. As FAIR noted last year, the rise of Trump has lead...