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  • Amnesty International used machine-learning to quantify the scale of abuse against women on Twitter

    Update: Twitter’s response has been added to the end of this post.  A new study by Amnesty International and Element AI attempts to put numbers to a problem many women already know about: that Twitter is a cesspool of harassment and abuse. Conducted with the help of 6,500 volunteers, the study, billed by Amnesty International […]

  • Facebook’s got 99 problems but Trump’s latest “bias” tweet ain’t one

    By any measure Facebook hasn’t had the best of years in 2018. But while toxic problems keep piling up and, well, raining acidly down on the social networking giant — from election interference, to fake accounts, faulty metrics, security flaws, ethics failures, privacy outrages and much more besides — the silver lining of having a core […]

  • Twitter rolls out ‘sparkle button’ to let users hide the algorithmic feed

    Twitter is giving users the ability to easily switch between seeing the latest tweets first and seeing the company’s algorithmically chosen “Top Tweets” when they open the app. The company began testing this feature a few weeks ago, but they are officially rolling it out globally to all iOS users today, with Android and desktop […]

  • How Russia’s online influence campaign engaged with millions for years

    Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics and sway public opinion were consistent and, as far as engaging with target audiences, largely successful, according to a report from Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project published today. Based on data provided to Congress by Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Twitter, the study paints a portrait of the years-long campaign that's less than flattering to the companies.

  • Twitter bug leaks phone number country codes

    Twitter accidentally exposed the ability to pull an account’s phone number country code and whether the account had been locked by Twitter. The concern here is that malicious actors could have used the security flaw to figure out in which countries accounts were based, which could have ramifications for whistleblowers or political dissidents. The issue […]

  • New malware pulls its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter

    Security researchers said they’ve found a new kind of malware that takes its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter . The malware itself is relatively underwhelming: like most primitive remote access trojans (RATs), the malware quietly infects a vulnerable computer, takes screenshots and pulls other data from the affected system and sends […]

  • Jack Dorsey and Twitter ignored opportunity to meet with civic group on Myanmar issues

    Responding to criticism from his recent trip to Myanmar, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s keen to learn about the country’s racial tension and human rights atrocities, but it has emerged that both he and Twitter’s public policy team ignored an opportunity to connect with a key civic group in the country. A loose group […]

  • Twitter says governments are ramping up their demands for user data

    Twitter says the number of government demands for data on its users has shot up in the past year. In its latest transparency report out Thursday, the social media giant said it received 10 percent more requests between January and June than on its previous reporting period — the largest percentage increase in three years. […]

  • Lightspeed hires 5 new partners from Slack, Twitter and more

    Lightspeed has announced several new partners, including Slack's former head of growth, who joins the firm's enterprise team.

  • Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security

    The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented at a press briefing earlier today, has four areas of focus: 1) Improving detection of disinformation; 2) […]