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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Instagram has become a refuge for far-right figures who have avoided being banned from the site, including Alex Jones   —  Instagram hosts accounts from prominent right-wingers who have already been banned from Twitter and Facebook.  —  Alt-right social network Gab shuttered itself …
Oct 30, 2018, 2:45 PMIn context
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Twitter bans ~1,500 accounts, source says for spreading misleading election-related content; the “NPC” accounts were 4chan and Reddit users posing as activists   —  Twitter has barred hundreds of right-wing users for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists.
Oct 16, 2018, 5:30 PMIn context
Holden Page / Crunchbase News:
Foursquare raises $33M Series F, two years after its major pivot from consumer social network to location data provider and $45M Series E   —  Tech companies want your location data, and over the years, Foursquare has banked a lot of it from willing users.  —  Originally billed …
Oct 8, 2018, 12:30 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it's ending legacy API support, used by third-party apps like Tweetbot, due to “technical and business constraints”   —  It's hard to be a fan of Twitter right now.  The company is sticking up for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, when nearly all other platforms …
Aug 16, 2018, 1:07 PMIn context
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
As Facebook and Instagram crack down on explicit content, Twitter has become the platform of choice for nudists as it allows content with full or partial nudity   —  Since Martin Belcher, a 50-year-old customer-services adviser based in the U.K., joined Twitter in 2012, he's tweeted out thousands …
Jul 14, 2018, 7:55 PMIn context
Lori Grunin / CNET:
Comcast says national outages on Friday were partially due to fiber cable cuts at internet backbone service providers CenturyLink and Zayo   —  If you couldn't reach your favorite web sites today at about 12:30 p.m. ET, it wasn't just you.  —  We first noticed it as Comcast customers took …
Jun 29, 2018, 2:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Photos is adding a new star-shaped Favorites button for your own photos starting today, and a heart-shaped Like button coming next week for shared photos   —  Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now.
May 21, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Andrew Rice / Wired:
Profile of the FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a nerdy conservative ideologue reviled by some and cast as a hero by others for orchestrating net neutrality repeal   —  IN MARCH, AJIT Pai, the 45-year-old chair of the Federal Communications Commission, took to the internet—a community he joyfully inhabits …
May 16, 2018, 8:30 PMIn context
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Trolls got a reporter's account locked over an old joke, revealing how Twitter's rules can be exploited and how high-profile users get better customer support   —  The Monday before Thanksgiving, I awoke to my personal nightmare: I had been reported for abuse on Twitter (my favorite thing …
Dec 4, 2017, 10:45 PMIn context
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
A look at Jack Dorsey's Square, whose success in recent quarters and steadily rising stock price means it could soon pass Twitter in market cap   —  Twitter may be President Trump's favorite platform, but Square, a payments company also run by Jack Dorsey, has had more success in recent quarters.
Oct 25, 2017, 10:10 AMIn context

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