Someone Says Depression Is A Choice, And Andy Richters Response Is Brilliant

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Twitter removes thousands of accounts that tried to dissuade Democrats from voting

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Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts posting messages that tried to discourage and dissuade voters from casting their ballot in the upcoming election next week. Some 10,000 accounts were removed across late September and early October after they were first flagged by staff at the Democratic Party, the company has confirmed. “We removed a […]

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Twitter will update its rules to prohibit ‘dehumanizing language’

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We happen to know a certain Twitter user who really enjoys using dehumanizing language.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Call it the Alex Jones effect. Twitter announced on Tuesday that it will update its rules to prohibit “dehumanizing language” on the platform. While it is still finalizing what this policy will look like through user feedback […]

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Twitter and Salesforce CEOs bicker over who is helping the homeless more

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How much have you given Marc Benioff asked Jack Dorsey as the two sparred over proposed tax to assist those on the streets The CEOs of two of the worlds most prominent tech companies got into an online spat on Friday over who was doing the most to address homelessness. The Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, […]

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

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Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said […]

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The tech industry actually is a lot like the Wild West but not in the ways you might think

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Bandits and sheriffs? Not so much. Capitalism, graft, and regulation? A tale old as time.Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Strap on your spurs and pull up those chaps! The U.S. government and the tech industry are gearing up for a good old-fashioned Wild West showdown — but not in the way you might think. During Twitter’s and […]

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How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

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In what's threatening to become an annual tradition, executives from Twitter and Facebook will testify before Congress Tuesday. And unlike last fall's session, this round will include the top brass, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presumably gets a pass, given his solo session this past April. […]

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Russian trolls spread pro- and anti-vaccine tweets, study says

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Not good.Image: Jeffrey Hamilton/getty Well this is disturbing.  Apparently not content to merely meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, Russian trolls now stand accused of spreading a type of misinformation that could have literal deadly effects: anti-vaccine propaganda.   So finds a new study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, which found […]

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Heres Twitters position on Alex Jones (and hate-peddling anti-truthers) hint: Its a fudge

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The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans including from Google, Apple and Facebook. However, as we noted earlier, Twitter is not among them. Although it has banned known hate peddlers […]

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