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Will Oremus / Slate:
Calls for Twitter to ban President Trump are misguided and counterproductive; the biggest threat posed by @realDonaldTrump is to Trump's own presidency   —  Ever since Donald Trump became president, some liberal activists have called for Twitter to suspend his account.
Jan 4, 2018, 6:45 PMIn context
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Some positive tech of 2017: helping blind people navigate, cryptocurrencies for charity, fighting hiring bias with AI, helping immigrants navigate laws, more   —  For much of Silicon Valley, 2017 felt like a nonstop parade of scandal and sin.  —  There was the decline of Uber …
Dec 30, 2017, 2:05 AMIn context
Yair Rosenberg / New York Times:
Twitter blocked Impostor Buster, a bot that exposed trolls that posted racist messages impersonating Jews, other minorities, after trolls reported harassment   —  Like many Jewish journalists who reported on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, I spent the 2016 election being harassed …
Dec 27, 2017, 7:50 PMIn context
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:
The infosec community has undergone a post-Weinstein cultural shift, as evidenced by the soul-searching following allegations against Morgan Marquis-Boire   —  In 2015 I noticed something odd on Twitter — without context or explanation, Andrea Shepard, a Tor developer, had posted a string of random letters and numbers.
Dec 24, 2017, 1:55 AMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Prompted by the “de-badging” of Milo Yiannopoulos, internal emails show confusion among Twitter execs over user verification policies and meaning of the badge   —  Emails suggest that verification was never quite what Twitter said it was and that the company was aware it served …
Dec 19, 2017, 5:00 PMIn context
Dan Primack / Axios:
Boston entrepreneur Laura Fitton becomes first woman on record to accuse Shervin Pishevar of sexual harassment, saying he forcibly kissed her and more in 2011   —  Laura Fitton is a Boston entrepreneur and social marketing executive, known to many early Twitter users as the co-author of Twitter for Dummies.
Dec 7, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Interview with Bahtiyar Duysak, the Twitter contractor who deactivated Trump's account earlier this month, who calls the incident a “mistake”   —  s Twitter tries to figure out how to lock down the parts of its platform that enable harassment, as well as the spread of misleading information …
Nov 29, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program   —  A risky new step in the fight to reduce harassment  —  Twitter will begin removing verification badges from users who violate its rules, the company said today.
Nov 15, 2017, 6:05 PMIn context
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
How three ProPublica reporters were attacked with Twitter bots and “email bombs” that forced the closure of reporters' email accounts   —  It was 10 a.m. on a hot, humid Tuesday in August when I decided I could finally relax.  After a frantic weekend of finishing a big story …
Nov 12, 2017, 11:25 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
A look at Twitter's harassment problem in India, where local language abuse is common and offensive hashtags can appear in the top five trends for hours   —  In Twitter's fastest-growing market, abusive hashtags trend in the top-five spot for hours, local language harassment is common …
Oct 18, 2017, 3:00 AMIn context

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