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Trump's Twitter Blocks Violate First Amendment: Advocacy Group

Free-speech advocacy group says excluding people is 'unconstitutional'

(Newser) - Blocking people on Twitter is a feature many use liberally to keep their feeds friendly. But should public officials like President Trump be allowed to exclude users in the same fashion? Absolutely not, says the Knight First Amendment Institute, a non-partisan group founded last year at Columbia University that's... More »

Trump Remains Defiant About Unfiltered Tweets

But critics and supporters alike think he should rein them in

(Newser) - President Trump's social media habits are in the news again, this time not so much for a particular tweet but for his tweeting habit in general. Trump himself weighed in on the subject Tuesday, by tweet , of course. "The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get... More »

Conway Blames Media for Trump's London Tweet Controversy

The senior adviser criticized media's 'obsession' with Twitter

(Newser) - President Trump had choice words on Twitter for London Mayor Sadiq Khan following Saturday’s London Bridge terror attack , but senior adviser Kellyanne Conway doesn’t think an apology is needed … from Trump, at least. Instead, Conway blasted the media for its "obsession" over Trump’s tweets, reports... More »

Trump Goes After Mayor of London Again in Tweet

'Pathetic excuse'

(Newser) - President Trump isn't letting up on his controversial criticism of London's mayor in the wake of that city's terror attacks. "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement," tweeted Trump on Monday.... More »

Trump Is Back to Using a Term That May Cause Legal Issues

'I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!'

(Newser) - While members of the Trump administration have tried to downplay his immigration executive order as simple vetting to keep the country safe, the president himself doubled down Monday on what he considers the order to be, the Hill reports. In an initial tweet Saturday that has since been criticized for... More »

Girl Missing 33 Years Tweets via Sheriff's Account

Fla. cops use 'eerily unorthodox campaign' to refocus attention on cold case

(Newser) - Florida authorities have let the imagined voice of an 8-year-old girl who went missing on Memorial Day Weekend in 1984 take over the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department Twitter account. Through a series of tweets with the hashtag #Justice4Luna, they led a social media campaign that included the tweets... More »

#TheySaid Goes Viral as Women Talk Body Shaming

Many describe the first time they heard a negative comment about their bodies

(Newser) - There's a new hashtag taking off on social media, and it's one that takes on body shaming. It all started on May 25 when Sally Bergesen, CEO of sports apparel brand Oiselle, took to Twitter to describe the time her dad body shamed her when she was 12:... More »

Asked About 'Covfefe,' Spicer Gives Odd Reply

He didn't admit it was a mistake

(Newser) - It's the story that started Wednesday's news cycle , and Sean Spicer added some fuel to the "covfefe" fire in the late afternoon. When asked during Wednesday's press briefing whether "people should be concerned that the president posted a somewhat incoherent tweet last night, and then... More »

Trump Responds to Gruesome Griffin Photo

Comedian 'should be ashamed of herself'

(Newser) - Kathy Griffin continues to take heat for posing for a photo with what looks like the severed head of President Trump, though Trump himself was late in weighing in. That changed early Wednesday, when Trump fired up his Twitter and—after a tweet referencing "covfefe" and a couple of... More »

Trump's 'Covfefe' Tweet Baffles Internet

President posts late-night sentence fragment

(Newser) - Did President Trump fall asleep mid-tweet? The Internet was baffled by a tweet posted just after midnight Wednesday from the president that read, in full, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." The post was retweeted and liked tens of thousands of times over the following hours as people... More »

Trump Is Said to Have a Single App on His Phone

Surprised to hear it's Twitter?

(Newser) - CNET thinks that President Trump should load his iPhone with apps to help out in a variety of situations: Candy Crush for "dull meetings," for instance. But Mike Allen notes for Axios that "top White House officials" have told him the commander in chief only has... More »

Slow Down on the Tweets After Terror Attacks

Social media gives terrorists the publicity they crave: Emily Dreyfuss for 'Wired'

(Newser) - After the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, thousands turned to social media to share information and offer their condolences. In doing so, they played right into the terrorists' hands, Emily Dreyfuss writes at Wired . At least one aim of attacks like the one in Manchester, England,... More »

Kobe Bryant Tweet Gets High-Schoolers Out of Final

'Great lesson in the power of social media'

(Newser) - Truly, tweets and US government are hopelessly intertwined these days. WRTV reports a high school senior in Indianapolis got his entire US Government class out of their final—thanks to a retweet from Kobe Bryant. William Pate was told by his teacher, Mr. Belser, the final would be canceled if... More »

This Photo Prompted One of Ted Cruz's Best Jokes Ever

It involves Chuck Schumer, Ben Sasse, and ... male rompers

(Newser) - A caption contest on Twitter this week ended up pulling in Ted Cruz, Chuck Schumer, and a romper for men that's inexplicably all the rage. Mashable reports on a photo tweeted out Thursday by the Washington Free Beacon that showed a somewhat disheveled-looking Schumer chatting with Nebraska Sen. Ben... More »

Chelsea Manning's First Tweet Upon Release

'First steps of freedom!!'

(Newser) - Now that she's a free woman , Chelsea Manning is letting the world know. "First steps of freedom!!" she tweeted Wednesday upon her release from military prison, along with a photo of her feet. Manning also issued a statement picked up by NBC News , which read in part:... More »

Lawmaker Ruffled by Duck Ramp Told to 'Duck Off'

Rep. Mark Walker's complaint about government waste wasn't well received

(Newser) - The president of a non-profit that helps animals in Washington, DC, calls it a lifesaving measure. Rep. Mark Walker calls it a waste of government funds. Such is the debate raging over a simple duck ramp installed by government officials at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which is drawing quite a... More »

McKayla Maroney Has Words for Critics of Her Racy Video

'Get inspired by how i give 0 f---s'

(Newser) - McKayla Maroney is still not impressed . The Olympic gymnast posted an Instagram video Saturday showing her dancing in skimpy underwear, leading many to question whether her account was hacked—and, if not, criticizing her for posting the video. Her simple response, posted to Instagram later Saturday: "i didn't... More »

Trump Is Feuding With Rosie O'Donnell Again

He brings up her 'FIRE COMEY' tweet

(Newser) - President Trump, facing a firestorm of controversy Thursday over his firing of FBI chief James Comey, used the moment to revive his long-running feud with Rosie O'Donnell. "We finally agree on something Rosie," the president tweeted , sharing a Dec. 20 tweet from O'Donnell that read: "... More »

Kid Unseats Ellen, Scores 'Nuggs'

Teen Carter Wilkerson earns a year's worth of chicken nuggets from Wendy's

(Newser) - As Carter Wilkerson prepped for final exams and attended his prom, he also kept dreaming of one other thing: chicken nuggets, and the retweets that would lead him to trayloads of them. The New York Times reports that dream came true this week as the 16-year-old junior from Reno, Nev.... More »

Minaj Pays Up to Students Tweeting for College Aid

The singer offered to help out a dozen students on Twitter

(Newser) - Nicki Minaj is sending a strong message to her fans: getting good grades can literally pay. TMZ reports that the singer promised to help a dozen fans tweeting at her for college aid, and has confirmed that at least two have already received money in their bank accounts. It started... More »

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