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Twitter is taking a much more aggressive stance on hate speech. Here’s what we know:

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Twitter has been known for preaching free speech, but that’s come to harm the company as trolls and abusers thrive across its network. 

Now, in the wake of a movement for women to boycott Twitter, the company is making its biggest sweep of changes yet to address hate speech and abuse. 

The details, leaked to Wired, were shared with members of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council Tuesday. In an email, Twitter’s team outlines both its current and updated policies on several circumstances:

  • Non-consensual nudity

  • Unwanted sexual advances

  • Hate symbols and imagery

  • Violent groups

  • Tweets that glorify violence  Read more…

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If you want to grow your business, start by increasing your social media following

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#MeToo: Hashtag shared by Alyssa Milano encourages personal stories of sexual assault and harassment

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“Me too.”

It’s a simple, powerful call to arms, and the latest hashtag collating stories of sexual harassment and assault, posted by Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano.

Milano was one of the early responders to fellow Charmed co-star Rose McGowan’s #WomenBoycottTwitter protest on Friday. The protest took place after McGowan was temporarily suspended from the platform amidst the Harvey Weinstein shitstorm.

Milano’s now put her own hashtag experiment out there, asking people to reply to her tweet, or post on Facebook, if they’ve experienced sexual harassment or assault with a simple, “Me too.”  Read more…

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Sorry, but you just can’t erase yourself from the internet

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Our data is being collected constantly, and unfortunately, many people don’t know exactly what is being tracked our how its being used. Cybersecurity expert Ondrej Krehel explains how escaping the grasps of giant tech companies is a little more complicated that simply deleting your social media accounts.  Read more…

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Twitter explains why Rose McGowan’s account got suspended

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UPDATE: Oct. 12, 2017, 3 p.m. EDT Updated with new tweet from Rose McGowan.

Twitter is finally breaking its silence on why Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended from its platform.

The actress — who has been vocal about Harvey Weinstein amid dozens of other women alleging he sexual harassed and assaulted them — announced on Instagram Wednesday night that Twitter suspended her account for 12 hours for violating the platform’s rules.

Though it was unclear at the time which tweet violated Twitter’s rules, the official Twitter Safety account clarified McGowan had included a private phone number in one of her tweets, which is prohibited in the site’s Privacy Policy. Read more…

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Rose McGowan has been suspended from Twitter

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Rose McGowan has been temporarily suspended on Twitter, according to an Instagram post on Wednesday night.

Detailed in an email screenshot posted on McGowan’s Instagram, the temporary suspension allows her to browse Twitter — but she is prohibited from sending tweets, retweeting or liking. 

The suspension will last for 12 hours, however she will need to delete the tweet that violates Twitter’s rules before the countdown can begin. It is unclear which tweet violated its rules.

“There are powerful forces at work. Be my voice,” she captioned the post. Read more…

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BuzzFeed drops ‘all the news too lit for print’ slogan after New York Times lawyers step in

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Apparently, BuzzFeed needs to cool it down. 

The New York Times’ lawyers reached out last week to BuzzFeed with legal concerns over the choice of slogan for the digital media company’s new Twitter Live show AM to DM. In response, BuzzFeed removed it Wednesday. 

For those who may not have picked up a print version of The New York Times in awhile, its slogan is “All the News That’s Fit to Print” and appears on the masthead. The paper’s motto was created by its former owner Adolph S. Ochs and adopted in Oct. 25, 1896.  Read more…

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Soon, you’ll be able to bookmark tweets to read later

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Twitter, the social network that redefined the term “information overload,” is working on a feature that’ll make it easier to bookmark those cool tweets that deserve a second look. 

Announced by several key Twitter employees, including product VP Keith Coleman, the new feature could be called “save for later.”

According to Coleman, this has been a “top request,” and Twitter wants user feedback before they push out a final version of the feature. 

✨🌳🍉Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon — a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request (❤️🇯🇵!) The team would love your feedback as they dial in the design! #SaveForLater 👇 https://t.co/6oo2lhqFbW

— Keith Coleman 🌱😀🙌 (@kcoleman) October 10, 2017 Read more…

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Hurricane Nate becomes fourth hurricane to hit the U.S. in 6 weeks

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Hurricane Nate is here.

The storm made its second landfall outside of Biloxi, Mississippi on Sunday morning. It’s the first hurricane to do so in that state since Hurricane Katrina, the Associated Press reports. 

Nate landed at the mouth of the Mississippi River with 85 mph winds and made its way across Mississippi and Alabama.

#BREAKING: Hurricane Nate makes landfall in Louisiana https://t.co/hUvnTFx1xG pic.twitter.com/UWkDAeXa4X

— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) October 8, 2017

President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for Hurricane Nate in Mississippi.  Read more…

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Trump tweets ‘only one thing’ will work in North Korea, and we are so fed up with living in fear

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Late Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted a cryptic statement that seemed to threaten war with North Korea. 

Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid…… hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” Trump tweeted.  Read more…

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Think you hate selfies? The Russian military might ban them.

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Russian soldiers may soon be saying goodbye to their Snapchats. 

According to the BBC, the Russian Ministry of Defense, which manages and regulates Russia’s armed forces, has drafted a law that would ban soldiers and military personnel from posting on social media. The ban is expected to take effect in January 2018. 

The ban comes, according to the bill, in the name of national security. Social media posts have, in the past, revealed Russian military details to enemy combatants, the bill claims. For example, in 2015, a Vice reporter was famously able to use a soldier’s series of selfies to confirm Russia’s military involvement in the eastern Ukraine.  Read more…

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Make a giant career change into digital marketing for just $20

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Of course brands are already joking about Twitter’s new 280-character limit

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A few major brands are among the select group of accounts chosen to gain early access to Twitter’s new 280-character tweets, and as with anything gripping the Twittersphere’s attention, they haven’t been quiet about it.

Everyone from the Chicago Bears to Durex condoms wasted no time flexing their new character counts with plus-sized versions of their usual corny jokes.

Twitter announced the change on Tuesday, marking the first time it’s ever adjusted its trademark 140-character restriction since its founding a little more than a decade ago. Right now, it’s only available to a small group of trial users. Read more…

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Twitter can keep its extra characters, I want to edit tweets

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Geez, Twitter, have you not been listening?

Yesterday, in an unsolicited act of largess, Twitter doubled the number of tweet characters from 140 to 280 characters for unspecified number of Twitter users. The change was announced by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

This is exactly what we don’t need. Forget brevity. I’ve spent a decade perfecting concise, 140-character tweets, even coining the term “Twoosh” (like a “swoosh”) when I hit exactly that number.

I have applauded Twitter changes that reduced the impact of including Twitter handles and media on the character count.  Read more…

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Looks like Trump hasn’t gotten upgraded to 280 characters on Twitter yet. Bless.

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Twitter is actually ditching the 140-character limit (for some)

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Twitter just changed the rules of tweeting.

The company is now testing a change that doubles Twitter’s character limit for “a small group” of accounts. It’s not clear when the change will roll out more broadly.

Under the test, users will be able to send tweets of up to 280 characters at a time. Those who are not part of the initial test will be able to see and interact with the longer tweets as they normally would. 

As it often does with significant new features, Twitter says it will use the test to get feedback and, if necessary, make tweaks based on users’ responses to the change. It’s not clear how long this process will take, but the intention seems to be to eventually make the feature a permanent fixture. Read more…

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