In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

The official Rockefeller Center Twitter account also decided to return some of the snark, posting this on the timeline: “Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump

Within minutes of Donald Trump tweeting that he had fired Christopher Krebs as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency Tuesday night, Twitter slapped on a warning label that the accompanying claim about electoral fraud “is disputed.” The disinformation warning was, in some ways, a fitting denouement to a two-week-long battle between Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and his boss in the Oval Office.

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Right-wing luminaries who still have profiles on “lamestream” social media have made posts encouraging their followers to get off Facebook and Twitter and join them on Parler instead.

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

But it turns out that when Trump got into stuff that really violated policy—like Covid or election misinformation, or what might be interpreted as calls to violence—Facebook and Twitter began to place warning labels on his posts.

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

In the event, however, the hearing was mostly an opportunity for Republicans on the committee to berate Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for supposedly discriminating against conservative users—especially conservative user number one, Donald Trump.

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

The solutions that satisfy others strike them as false and inauthentic, and “their lives are one long drama of repentance and of effort to repair misdemeanors and mistakes.” Most people find it easy to diagnose themselves as one of these two types, and I hope I won’t offend you in saying that you strike me, unmistakably, as a divided soul.

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

On Thursday evening, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, posted a thread of tweets explaining a new policy on hacked materials, in response to the firestorm of criticism it received—largely from the political right and President Donald Trump—for its decision to block the sharing of a New York Post story based on alleged private data and communications of presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

We applaud these changes, and believe that if Twitter is serious about its stated goal of “protecting the integrity of the election conversation,” there's another thing the platform should consider: putting a time delay on the tweets of Donald Trump and other political elites.

The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly

The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly

Of all the things that could happen txo derail the internet discourse around a vice presidential debate, having a fly swoop in and steal the show has got to be the most apropos for 2020.For those actually on the internet, though, it also felt like 2012, like all those Twitter jokesters who felt like they hadn’t been given a political alley-oop since “binders full of women” suddenly awoke from an eight-year weed nap and got to work.

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

“Both policymakers and voters need to know that we still cannot answer most basic questions about this pandemic with the tools we have on hand,” says Douglass, who has been a vocal Twitter critic of the type of studies like the one published this week about Sturgis, and has coauthored a forthcoming paper on similar shortcomings in the rapidly ballooning Covid literature .

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

Branching Out. As in the Twitter hack, the perpetrators don't appear to be state-sponsored hackers or foreign cybercrime organizations, but young, English-speaking hackers organizing on forums like the website and the chat service Discord, says Zack Allen, the director of threat intelligence at security firm ZeroFox, who has also worked with the industry group tracking the incidents.

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

Later, to help back up his claim, Kirk#5270 appears to have changed the email address tied to the Twitter account @foreign to an email address belonging to Rolex#0373.

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter’s announcement, she said, suggests that the company has gotten more serious about the real-world consequences of activity on its platform.

Who Pulled Off the Twitter Hack?

Who Pulled Off the Twitter Hack?

And we took a fresh look at an old debate: whether TikTok actually poses a security threat to the US.Russian hackers are targeting Covid-19 vaccine research .

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

While the internal Twitter tool does not appear to let admins tweet on behalf of users, it does seemingly let them change the associated email account, which would make it relatively easy to take over a handle.

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, and a host of other Twitter mega-users had their accounts compromised Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be an attempt to pull off a bitcoin scam.

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Musk, Obama, Apple, and More

Those are just a handful of the major, million-plus-follower Twitter accounts that were compromised Wednesday afternoon, each in service of a bitcoin scam that has already earned the hackers behind it well over $100,000 in a few short hours.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

Ria, who is 16, based in the US, and whose favorite K-pop group is the boyband BTS, heard about the plan to prank Trump from other K-pop fans on Twitter, though she was aware that the idea was circling on TikTok, too.

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

I put out a call on Twitter for qualified volunteers who wanted to use their extra time to tackle a myriad of research questions at the intersection of computing and Covid-19 epidemiology.And just like that, the Covid-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network was born.

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

On August 7, a Twitter account that went by Tui_Elei, allegedly created by another defendant, sent a DM to the female victim asking what her problem was with eBay. When she did not respond, it continued to message her with increasingly crude language.

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter's Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

Twitter introduced a new feature Wednesday that prompts users to read links to articles before sharing them.But making the feature work requires a level of tracking, and risk, that users likely aren’t aware of.

How to Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

How to Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

Whether you want your free time back or don’t like your personal info scattered about on the internet, you may be considering deactivating some accounts.We've also added TikTok. You’ve had your Facebook account for ages, and in that time maybe you’ve posted a little too much personal information.

Trump’s Fight With Twitter Finally Grew Teeth. Now What?

Trump’s Fight With Twitter Finally Grew Teeth. Now What?

GE : I think what Lauren is really saying is when they make a TV show out of this podcast, Michael, who do you want to play the Michael Calore character?I would love someone to say I look related to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Trump, Twitter, and the Failed Politics of Appeasement

Trump, Twitter, and the Failed Politics of Appeasement

Zuckerberg has given Trump and other conservatives an even wider berth, beginning with his 2015 decision to leave up Trump’s anti-Muslim post that seemingly violated the company’s hate speech policy.

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Take one of the three bullet points in the top “What you need to know” section: “Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.” This statement is itself misleading.

Lilly Wachowski Slams Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump on Twitter

Lilly Wachowski Slams Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump on Twitter

We've got a few crazy ones in the lineup today, including an online reading of James and the Giant Peach lead by director Taika Waititi and a Twitter spat between Elon Musk, Ivanka Trump, and Matrix co-creator Lilly Wachowski.

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