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Pentagon Retweets Call for Trump to Resign

Spokesperson says message was 'erroneously retweeted'

(Newser) - See, this is why all those Twitter profiles are sure to note that retweets do not equal endorsements. CBS News reports the Pentagon's official Twitter account on Thursday retweeted a tweet calling for President Trump's resignation. "GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue," tweeted "... More »

After Twitter Yanks Verified Status, She Cites Holocaust

That from Laura Loomer, who along with Richard Spencer and others lost the blue tick

(Newser) - A few Twitter users lost the coveted blue tick on Wednesday after Twitter released new guidelines regarding verified accounts. The move came after the company was attacked for granting verified status to Jason Kessler, who put together the white nationalist rally that rocked Charlottesville in August (and issued this "... More »

Trump Tweets Condolences for Wrong Mass Shooting

He sent late-night message about Sutherland Springs

(Newser) - A possibly jet-lagged President Trump arrived back in the US late Tuesday—and sent his condolences to victims of the wrong mass shooting. "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," he tweeted around midnight. "The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived." Trump apparently... More »

Trump Taunts Kim Jong Un on Twitter

And says, separately, that they might become friends one day

(Newser) - President Trump was on Twitter Sunday morning from Hanoi, taunting Kim Jong Un. After North Korea on Saturday referred to Trump's speech last week in South Korea as "reckless remarks by an old lunatic," Trump responded with his tweet , the AP reports: "Why would Kim Jong-un... More »

Tweet Could Send US Woman to Jail for 20 Years

NJ native Martha O'Donovan, 25, charged with subversion in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - An American woman living in Zimbabwe could face 20 years in prison for subversion over a tweet. According to prosecutors, New Jersey native Martha O'Donovan, 25, tweeted a photo last month of President Robert Mugabe next to a drawing of a catheter and a reference to him being "... More »

Everyone Gets 280 Characters on Twitter, Except These Users

'We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves'

(Newser) - The tweets are long now. CNN reports that, for the first time since launching in 2006, Twitter has expanded its character limit for most users. Beginning Tuesday evening, Twitter users will have 280 characters instead of the previous 140. "We want it to be easier and faster for everyone... More »

Sia Fights Back Against Naked Pics by ... Posting Naked Pic

'Save your money, here it is for free'

(Newser) - Sia is offering a holiday gift that's one part diss and one part whip-smart self-promotion: a picture of herself in her birthday suit. The 41-year-old singer released the combination preemptive strike/album promotion after she found out someone was trying to sell naked photos of her, People reports, said to... More »

Details Emerge on Person Who Shut Down Trump's Twitter

Twitter says steps have been taken to prevent this from happening again

(Newser) - The person who shut down President Trump's Twitter account for 11 minutes was not a Twitter employee, as was initially reported , but a contractor for the company, two sources tell the New York Times . Asked about the new information, a Twitter spokesperson simply pointed to the company's initial... More »

Popular Blogger Didn't Exist, Created by Russian Troll Farm

'Jenna Abrams' and her alt-right views often went viral

(Newser) - The Daily Beast offers a fascinating look at one of the creations of the Russian troll farm that sought to influence the US presidential election: a fake blogger whose online persona was painstakingly crafted starting in 2014. "Jenna Abrams" had a Twitter account, a Medium page, a GoFundMe page,... More »

Trump Responds to Temporary Shutdown of Twitter Account

'I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact,' he says of his tweets

(Newser) - The world lost President Trump's tweets for a full 11 minutes after a Twitter employee shut his account down on their last day at work. Twitter initially said "human error" was to blame for the account being deactivated around 7pm Thursday, but later tweeted "that this was... More »

Zuckerberg: I'm 'Dead Serious' About Russia Meddling

House committee releases divisive Russia ads

(Newser) - The divisive—and sometimes bizarre—Facebook ads bought by Russian operatives were on display Wednesday as Facebook, Google, and Twitter execs appeared before congressional panels for a second day. The House Intelligence Committee released the ads, a wide selection of which can be seen here , in what it said was... More »

Cops: Serial Killer Met Teen Victims on Twitter

He allegedly targeted those looking to commit suicide

(Newser) - The 27-year-old Japanese man in whose apartment police found body parts belonging to nine people—including two severed heads and 240 bones—allegedly targeted teenage girls on Twitter. According to police, Takahiro Shiraishi used Twitter to connect with those wanting to commit suicide. He's suspected of killing four teens... More »

Great British Bake Off Judge 'Mortified' by Her Own Tweet

Prue Leith prematurely gave away winner of show, with no spoiler alert

(Newser) - A judge on The Great British Bake Off has been forced to apologize after revealing the winner hours before the final episode was scheduled to air. Prue Leith posted the name of the winner on her Twitter feed while traveling in Bhutan, which is six hours ahead of Britain, thinking... More »

6 Big Lines From Facebook's Congressional Hearing

'American political ads and Russian money'

(Newser) - After revealing that content created by a Russian internet agency ahead of the 2016 election may have reached up to 126 million users , Facebook—joined by Twitter and Google—went in front of a Senate subcommittee Tuesday to explain what it's done and what it can do to stop... More »

Coates: It's 'Shocking' Kelly Is So Ignorant on Civil War

Writer rebuts White House chief of staff's assertion that inability to compromise caused it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly has been taking criticism over comments he made about the Civil War, mainly because he said the war was caused by "the lack of an ability to compromise" and made no mention of slavery. Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates has issued a rebuttal in... More »

Trump Dismissive of Manafort Indictment

Tweets that alleged misdeeds have nothing to do with his campaign, president tweets

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't sound impressed with Robert Mueller's big indictment . After news broke that former campaign manager Paul Manafort had been charged with multiple felony counts of tax fraud and money laundering, Trump weighed in. "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of... More »

Roger Stone Vows Legal Action After Twitter Suspension

He blames censorship by 'tech left'

(Newser) - Roger Stone has been suspended from Twitter —and he says it's a move that the site will bitterly regret. "They will soon learn they have bitten off more than they can chew," the outspoken President Trump ally tells New York . Stone says he plans to bring... More »

Twitter Bans Roger Stone After CNN Tirade

Trump adviser wasn't pleased over reports that Mueller had filed first charges

(Newser) - Roger Stone has one less social media account at his fingertips, reports the Hollywood Reporter , after Twitter banned the longtime political consultant and Trump ally over a tirade aimed at CNN anchors on Friday. It seems that news that Robert Mueller had filed the first charges in his Russia investigation... More »

Corker Makes Dour Prediction About Trump's Legacy

Senator says president will be remembered for 'debasing our country'

(Newser) - President Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a meeting with GOP senators, but his feud with one of them in particular heated up in advance. In appearances on morning talk shows, Bob Corker said the president should leave senators alone to work on a tax plan. “I... More »

Comey Confirms Anonymous Twitter Account Is His

The former FBI director comes clean in Iowa

(Newser) - For months, writers and social media observers have speculated that the person behind an anonymous Twitter account was none other than former FBI Director James Comey. And on Monday morning, Comey finally confirmed the rumors. NPR reports that Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump in May, tweeted a picture... More »

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