Twitter just filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection over an attempt by those agencies to unmask an anonymous Twitter account, @ALT_uscis, that is frequently critical of United States immigration policy.
From Twitter’s lawsuit:
Specifically, on March 14, 2017, they issued and delivered to Twitter an administrative summons (the “CBP Summons”) demanding that Twitter provide them records that would unmask, or likely lead to unmasking, the identity of the person(s) responsible for the @ALT_USCIS account.
Five days after Trump’s inauguration, news leaked that his staff was continuing to use email linked to a private server. While that’s not illegal (though hypocritical, given Hillary’s election pillorying), it requires those using non-government emails to disclose them. If that doesn’t happen — if those messages aren’t forwarded to an official account and stored for posterity — the offender violates the Presidential Records Act.
It seems the same could apply to Trump’s tweets: The White House has agreed to the US National Archives’ request that they save every one, including those he deletes.
Do you remember what you were doing on Twitter in 2010? Twitter accounts have been compromised by a range of security issues lately — and in at least one case the vulnerability is tied to a decision users made years ago. It might be time to double check how secure your account really is.
Early Thursday morning, the official Twitter account for McDonald’s pinned a tweet directed at President Trump.
Twitter on Wednesday announced that over the next few months it will roll out changes designed to increase the safety of users:
- Its algorithms will help identify accounts as they engage in abusive behavior, so the burden no longer will be on victims to report it;
- Users will be able to limit certain account functionality, such as letting only followers see their tweets, for a set amount of time;
Twitter today announced that it was doing everything it could to bring in some profit, and this was swiftly followed by the announcement that the company is to close down Vine.
Vines that have already been created will live on via the website, but the mobile apps will be shuttered, and no more Vines can be created. The precise date of the closure has not been revealed, but it is some time in the coming months.
Twitter has plans to stop counting photos and links within the 140-character limit allowed for each tweet, reports Bloomberg. Removing photos and links from tweets will allow tweets with media to contain more text.
At the current time, photos take up 24 characters and links take up 23 characters, eliminating 47 available characters when both are included in a tweet. Twitter is reportedly introducing the change to give Twitter users “more flexibility” after exploring methods that would allow users to include more text in tweets.
Twitter has been suffering a widespread but sporadic outage during the early hours of this morning,
The problems started at around 3:20am EST, with error messages claiming that the network is both “over capacity” and suffering an “internal error” both on desktop and mobile. Twitter confirmed the outage, even managing to tweet about the issue, and has been working to fix the problem.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter’s stock plunged in after-hours trading Tuesday after reporting a weak forecast for the fourth quarter and lagging user growth.
In the next quarter, the San Francisco tech firm said it expects sales of $695 million to $710 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters on average expected the company to report fourth-quarter sales of $739.73 million.
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter’s relationship with developers has been complicated, confusing and a little bit unpredictable, and CEO Jack Dorsey wants a fresh start.
“We want to reset our relationship and we want to make sure that we’re learning, that we’re listening and that we are rebooting, and that’s what today represents,” Dorsey said Wednesday during a keynote speech at the tech firm’s second annual developer conference.