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After Mistaken Tweets, Columnist Is Near Bankruptcy

Britain's controversial Katie Hopkins loses libel case

(Newser) - A firebrand commentator in the UK is now fighting off bankruptcy thanks largely to some errant tweets. Back in 2015, Katie Hopkins went on a Twitter rant against a female food writer named Jack Monroe, accusing Monroe of supporting the defacement of war memorials by protesters. The tweets were brutal,... More »

Twitter CEO's Heart Rate Tweet Reveals a Surprise

Jack Dorsey's resting rate is close to that of a trained athlete

(Newser) - Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has a novel way to prove that he took his testimony before two congressional panels on Wednesday seriously. Afterward, he tweeted a screenshot of his heart rate from his Apple Watch, reports Business Insider . The stats show that the 41-year-old's rate spiked from a resting... More »

Empty Chair Says It All: Senate Is Annoyed With Google

Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee

(Newser) - Facebook and Twitter executives, defending their companies on Capitol Hill, said Wednesday they're aggressively trying to root out foreign interests seeking to sow divisions in American democracy as the November elections near. Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate... More »

Doctored Image Angers Meghan McCain's Husband

It shows gun aimed at her, and he wants to know why Twitter allowed it

(Newser) - Meghan McCain was understandably emotional as she bid adieu to her father at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday. Her husband is emotional for a very different reason. While the Arizona Republic reports that photos of McCain weeping over her father's casket prompted messages of love and support across Twitter—... More »

Life Advice Tweeter Gains Massive Audience as 'Warren Buffet'

For a few days anyway

(Newser) - Lawmakers, TV hosts, even Kanye West retweeted the advice shared by @WarrenBuffet99. "Find a mentor" and "don't spend what you don’t have" were among the tips the account offered. It's "cool" to follow your dreams and be nice to strangers, the tweets continued. They... More »

Elon Musk Suggests Man He Called 'Pedo' Really Is One

He questions why Vernon Unsworth hasn't sued him

(Newser) - Elon Musk's company is staying public , and so are his thoughts. The head of Tesla took to Twitter on Tuesday night to return to a subject that has caused him grief in the past: the British cave diver whom he called "pedo guy." Vernon Unsworth, who helped... More »

Amazon Pays 14 Workers to Praise the Company Online

In an effort to combat negative reports of warehouse work

(Newser) - Amazon has endured less-than-glowing reports of what it's like to work at one of its warehouses. Enter the company's new "FC Ambassador" program: A number of Amazon fulfillment center employees have been put to work tweeting about how great it actually is to work at an Amazon... More »

Michael Cohen Makes 1st Tweet Since Pleading Guilty

He's thanking people for the birthday wishes—and the cash donations

(Newser) - Michael Cohen is tweeting thanks to people who've sent him birthday wishes, and also those who've contributed to his legal defense fund. President Trump's former personal lawyer and "fixer" tweeted on Sunday: "I want to personally thank all those who #DM me on my birthday... More »

Russian Trolls Apparently Whipped Up Frenzy Over Vaccines

Kremlin-linked accounts argued both sides to sow discord: study

(Newser) - You might think twice about heading to Twitter or Facebook to read about vaccinations. "A significant portion of the online discourse about vaccines may be generated by malicious actors with a range of hidden agendas," says George Washington University's David Broniatowski, author of a new study calling... More »

NASA Intern Gets Canned After Raunchy Online Tweets

She responded to Space Council's Homer Hickam with a vulgar post

(Newser) - "Everyone shut the f--- up I got accepted for a NASA internship," an excited Twitter user wrote Monday. As of Thursday, the internship offer was no more, per BuzzFeed . "Suck my d--- and b---s I'm working at NASA," the user identified as "Naomi H"... More »

Melania Talks Cyberbullying, Gets Expected Reaction

Media coverage draws line to President Trump's tweets

(Newser) - Melania Trump encouraged technology and social media companies Monday to provide more opportunities for young people to share ideas for how to be good citizens online. Pressing forward with an effort to combat youth cyberbullying, the first lady said that while most children are more aware than some adults of... More »

Alex Jones Called for 'Battle Rifles.' Twitter Called for a Suspension

For 7 days, Alex can't tweet, retweet, or like other posts on Twitter—a 'mild sanctioning' to some

(Newser) - The Twitter-Alex Jones saga continues. "We'll enforce [our rules]" if Jones breaks them, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised last week amid backlash on why the conspiracy theorist accused of hate speech is still afforded a platform on Dorsey's site, and it appears Twitter has followed through. The... More »

New Batwoman Quits Twitter Over 'Ridiculous' Backlash

Ruby Rose was criticized after she took on gay superhero role for the CW

(Newser) - If you're looking for Ruby Rose, you'll have to try her Bat Phone. The Orange Is the New Black star made headlines last week when it was announced she'd play Batwoman for the CW, the first openly gay superhero in a TV series leading role. But while... More »

$500 Twitter Offer Could Cost Man $250K

Brandon Ziobrowski allegedly sought someone to kill ICE agents

(Newser) - FYI, Twitter is not the place to seek out an assassin. Federal authorities say a tweet soliciting the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents was flagged as a domestic terrorism threat days after it was posted July 2, leading to the Thursday arrest of a Massachusetts man in New... More »

Twitter CEO Defends Alex Jones Decision, Gets Pushback

Jack Dorsey says it's up to journalists to refute conspiracy theorist's content

(Newser) - Alex Jones and his Infowars website have seen a crackdown this week from Apple, Facebook, Spotify , and YouTube, but Twitter still won't ban Jones' conspiracy-theory-laden content, which has been labeled by some of the other tech giants as "hate speech." CNN reports that on Tuesday, Twitter CEO... More »

Twitter Isn't Banning Alex Jones

But YouTube has joined Apple, Facebook in giving him the heave-ho

(Newser) - Twitter and its Periscope streaming platform haven't joined the Silicon Valley crackdown on what is being described as "hate speech" from Alex Jones and his InfoWars channel. Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all removed InfoWars content in what a tweet from the conspiracy theorist's channel called a "... More »

Trump's Claim on Calif. Wildfires 'Boggles the Mind'

No, the state's water is not being dumped in the Pacific, an expert says

(Newser) - President Trump on Sunday addressed the devastation wrought by the latest California wildfires , the Hill reports. "California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized," he tweeted . "... More »

Trump Insults Intelligence of LeBron, Don Lemon on Twitter

'Dumbest man on television' made LeBron James 'look smart,' president tweeted after CNN spot

(Newser) - LeBron James was interviewed by CNN's Don Lemon on Monday, and that interview re-aired Friday night, per CNN . One person who was apparently up late watching it: President Trump. Shortly before midnight, he made his thoughts known on what he thought of the LeBron-Lemon conversation. "Lebron James was... More »

She Was Hired by the NYT. Then Her Old Tweets Surfaced

Newspaper sticks by Sarah Jeong over posts some say were racist

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the New York Times announced tech writer Sarah Jeong would join its editorial board. By Thursday it was running a follow-up , noting outrage over what the BBC calls "inflammatory" tweets about white people Jeong had posted between 2013 and 2015. In her posts, Jeong, born in South... More »

NYT: Mueller Wants to Question Trump About His Tweets

3 sources say it's all part of his probe into possible obstruction of justice

(Newser) - President Trump has used Twitter to speak out against lots of people—and now special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the president's tweets about Jeff Sessions and James Comey, three sources tell the New York Times . Sessions and Comey are key witnesses in Mueller's investigation into Russian interference... More »

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