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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter tests algorithmically curated timelines for big news events, promoting them at the top of users' timelines, similar to its News tab tested in 2015   —  An emboldened Twitter is seeking to push further into news as Facebook pulls back.  —  The company is building …
Mar 14, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Musical.ly blocks some search terms related to self-harm and eating disorders after criticism; tags still appear on users' posts   —  The homepage on the app Musical.ly.  —  Musical.ly  —  Musical.ly, the lip-synching app that is wildly popular with younger users, is struggling to catch …
Mar 10, 2018, 11:50 PMIn context
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
Twitter has suspended several accounts, some with millions of followers, that allegedly engaged in tweet stealing and “tweetdecking”, mass-retweeting each other   —  Continuing their battle against the “tweetdeckers,” Twitter suspended on Friday several popular accounts known …
Mar 10, 2018, 4:15 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Lawmakers and experts worry Facebook will suffer the same problems with disinformation and “dark” ads during 2018 US midterms as it did during 2016 election   —  If the 2016 election was proof-of-concept for platform-enabled election meddling, the 2018 midterms, just months away …
Mar 6, 2018, 2:05 PMIn context
BuzzFeed:
Many news reports blaming Russian Twitter bots, some of which are not Russian and others not bots, are based on a single source and are likely overblown   —  “I'm not convinced on this bot thing,” said one of the men behind the Russian bot thing.  —  By now you know the drill …
Mar 1, 2018, 12:55 PMIn context
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Sick people in the US are increasingly using Uber or Lyft to get to the emergency room, instead of an ambulance, exposing drivers to potential legal risks   —  Mike Fish was driving for Uber 10 minutes outside of Boston when he picked up a second passenger in his Uber Pool who, he said, seemed “out of it, drowsy — almost sedated.”
Feb 27, 2018, 11:51 AMIn context
BuzzFeed:
Twitter is investigating how cryptocurrency scammers changed handles on verified accounts and kept verified badges to trick users into giving away funds   —  This is the Twitter account for Tron Foundation, the organization behind a cryptocurrency that has a current valuation of $2.8 billion.
Feb 23, 2018, 9:45 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Google, YouTube, and Facebook don't find misinformation and hoaxes quickly enough after tragedies, may need breaking news teams to scan for misleading content   —  In the first hours after last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, my colleague Ryan Broderick noticed something peculiar …
Feb 22, 2018, 8:10 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
President Trump used tweets on Russian ad spending from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman to call reporters covering election interference the “Fake News Media”   —  President Trump approvingly passed along comments from Facebook ads Vice President Rob Goldman on Saturday …
Feb 17, 2018, 4:40 PMIn context
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed:
Twitter says it needs a scalable policy on authenticity of content after journalist suffers harassment due to viral screenshots of fake tweets from her account   —  In the wake of the Florida high school shooting Wednesday, Twitter users began spreading doctored tweets targeting Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris.
Feb 17, 2018, 2:10 PMIn context

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