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Lawyer: Twitter Agrees to Pull Anti-Semitic Messages in France

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The social media website Twitter has agreed to remove anti-Semitic messages written in France, following the threat of legal action by a French Jewish group. A lawyer for the Union of French Jewish Students said Friday the union will provide Twitter with a list of the posts, or “tweets,” it wants removed. The union had […]

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Group Behind Twitter Campaign on LRA Draws Criticism

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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A group trying to raise awareness about the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa is drawing criticism, with some questioning its purpose and tactics. U.S.-based Invisible Children launched a campaign on Twitter this week to bring attention to a new film on the LRA and its leader Joseph Kony, who is wanted for war crimes. […]

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Backlash After Twitter Says May Censor Messages By Country

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Popular microblogging service Twitter is facing criticism after announcing it now has the ability to censor posts, or “tweets,” on a country-by-country basis. Media rights group Reporters Without Borders on Friday sent a letter to the company expressing what it called its “deep concern.” The organization’s Washington director, Delphine Halgand , says the new policy […]

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Twitter Says May Censor Messages Country-By-Country

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Popular microblogging service Twitter says it now has the ability to censor messages on a country-by-country basis to account for different laws around the world. The U.S.-based company announced on its blog this week that it has not yet used the system, but that if it does, a notice will appear to the user saying […]

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Twitter Announces Selective Censorship Technology

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The popular microblogging service Twitter has announced it has new technology enabling it to censor messages on a country-by-country basis in order to follow a range of laws around the world. The U.S.-based company announced on its blog this week that it has not yet used the technology, but that if it does, a message […]

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Report: South Africans, Kenyans Top Twitter Users in Africa

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study says South Africans and Kenyans are Africa’s most active Twitter users and that the social networking site is rapidly becoming a key information tool across the continent. Researchers analyzed more than 11.5 million tweets from specific locations in Africa during the last three months of 2011. They found South Africans made more […]

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Thailand Nabs Suspect in Yingluck Twitter Takeover

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Thailand say a young man has confessed to hacking into the Twitter account of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and posting a series of disparaging messages. Information Minister Anudith Nakornthap presented the young man at a news conference Wednesday. He said Ekawit Thongdeeworakul has expressed remorse and offered to use his skills to help […]

U.S. Capitol Police Investigating Fake Hostage Story

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Capitol Police say they are investigating the satirist media organization The Onion, after it “tweeted” messages saying, falsely, that there was a hostage situation at the U.S. Capitol Building. The Onion’s Twitter feed said gunfire was reported in the building. It later said U.S. lawmakers had taken 12 children hostage. The Onion continued to […]

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President Obama Hosts Twitter Discussion on Economy

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he takes responsibility for the fact that Americans may not have been prepared for how long it would take to recover from the financial crisis. The president spoke Wednesday at a “town hall” session featuring questions from users of the social networking site Twitter. In response to a question on […]

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President Obama to Host Twitter Discussion on Economy

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to answer questions from users of the social networking site Twitter in an online discussion on Wednesday. The White House says the “town hall” session will focus on the U.S. economy and jobs. Twitter users were encouraged last week to begin asking questions via Twitter messages tagged with the #AskObama […]

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