Feb 6, 2016

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorism supporters

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The move signaled efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, ...

Jan 20, 2016

Glitch globally knocks out Twitter till all-clear tweeted

Twitter feeds went down for hours Tuesday in many parts of the world in one of the worst outages in the 10-year history of the messaging platform. The popular one-to-many messaging service fired off a tweet shortly after 1800 GMT saying the issue “has ...

Twitter appears ready to expand beyond 140-character tweets

Jan 6, 2016

Twitter appears ready to expand beyond 140-character tweets

Twitter appears ready to loosen its restriction on the length of messages in a bid to make its service more appealing to a wider audience accustomed to the greater freedom offered by Facebook and other forums. CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey telegraphed Twitter’s intentions ...

Jan 5, 2016

Oregon protesters find support and scorn on social media

A group of self-styled militiamen occupying the headquarters of a U.S. national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon to protest the imminent imprisonment of two ranchers took to social media on Monday to drum up support for their cause. As the standoff with law enforcement ...

'Play woman card' at your peril, Trump tweets Clinton

Dec 25, 2015

'Play woman card' at your peril, Trump tweets Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump intensified his criticism of Hillary Clinton after she said he had a “penchant for sexism,” warning his Democratic rival against using the woman “card” and drawing his full attention. In a familiar pattern for Trump, he responded to fire ...

Dec 15, 2015

Libel cases involving Twitter posts on rise in Japan

Japan has seen dozens of libel cases involving Twitter posts in the past two years, with some users taking over others’ accounts and posting content that tarnishes the reputations of the real users. There were at least 26 court orders by Japanese courts to ...

Dec 3, 2015

Local assemblyman urged to resign after calling gay people 'abnormal'

A local assembly in Kanagawa Prefecture passed a resolution Thursday urging a 71-year-old assemblyman to resign immediately for calling gay people “abnormal” on social media. The nonbinding resolution, adopted by the Ebina Municipal Assembly, says Masumi Tsurusashi’s comments were a grave infringement of human ...