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Tweet With Slur Costs NFL Player His Job

Janoris Jenkins said it's just slang to him

(Newser) - His response to a fan on Twitter cost an NFL player his job Friday. The New York Giants waived Janoris Jenkins after he'd called a critical fan a "retard" earlier in the week. "It's not a word that you should use," said Dave Gettleman, the... More »

'Hanging' Tweet Costs Omar Foe Her Account

Republican had spread an untrue conspiracy theory on Twitter

(Newser) - A Republican hoping to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar has lost her Twitter account. Danielle Stella posted on her Facebook page, which is still active, that she was "permanently banned on Twitter" for posting that if an accusation against Omar is proven, "she should be tried for treason and... More »

Twitter Halts Deletion Plan

There was an outcry over deceased users

(Newser) - The Great Twitter Cull of 2019 is now on hold. The company says it is pausing plans to delete millions of inactive accounts until it has a way for people to preserve the accounts of deceased loved ones, CNN reports. When Twitter announced plans to delete accounts of users who... More »

Twitter Is Going to Cull Accounts That Haven't Been Used for 6 Months

Users have until Dec. 11 to keep accounts active

(Newser) - Twitter is planning the biggest cull in its history, but users are unlikely to sense a great disturbance as millions of accounts are suddenly silenced. The company says only accounts that have been inactive for six months or longer will be deleted, the BBC reports. Twitter will start culling them... More »

Strange Things Happening With John Bolton, Twitter

He's tweeting again, after accusing the White House of blocking access to his own account

(Newser) - John Bolton has been awfully quiet on social media since he left his White House position as national security adviser, and on Friday he explained why in cryptic tweets. "We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation," he wrote . Liberated... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Unloads on Zuckerberg

He says Facebook would have catered to Hitler if it were around in the 1930s

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has a plan to "save democracy"—one that involves putting an end to "the greatest propaganda machine in history." Honored Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League for his efforts to expose hate through comedy, Baron Cohen blamed tech giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook for... More »

In Lawmaker's Impeachment Tweets, a 'Morbid Acrostic'

GOP Rep. Paul Gosar spelled out 'EPSTEIN DIDN'T KILL HIMSELF'

(Newser) - Politicians and lawmakers use social media for all kinds of reasons: to inform their constituents, educate the general public, air grievances , and ... post "morbid acrostics"? That's what Politico says GOP Rep. Paul Gosar's Twitter account did Wednesday as it live-tweeted the first public Trump impeachment hearing... More »

Twitter Employees Spied on Users for Saudis: Prosecutors

Two men who looked up data received cash and designer watch, complaint says

(Newser) - Two former Twitter employees face federal charges after prosecutors said they were paid to look up users' private information in an effort against critics of Saudi Arabia's government. The two are charged with acting as foreign agents without registering with the US. It's the first time federal prosecutors... More »

Which Has More Words, Trump's Twitter Feed or Ulysses?

Trump's Twitter feed

(Newser) - On Nov. 3, President Trump reached a very 21st-century milestone: As of this tweet posted that day, in which he berated Democratic "Fixers," he had tweeted more words while in office than James Joyce wrote in his epic Ulysses. And that's not counting Trump's retweets. As... More »

AOC Sorry for Blocking Critic on Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes as part of settling federal lawsuit brought against her

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday she is sorry for blocking a former Brooklyn elected official from her Twitter account after he was critical of her, the AP reports. In a statement, the Democrat said she had reconsidered her decision, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit that Dov... More »

Cleveland Browns Cut Player Over His Post-Game Tweets

Jermaine Whitehead lashed out at people who criticized his game on Sunday

(Newser) - It started with tweets and ended with one. "We've waived S Jermaine Whitehead," the Cleveland Browns tweeted Monday in sharing the news it had cut its safety over tweets he posted right after the team's 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, reports the AP... More »

Twitter Making a Big Move on Political Ads

Social media company is banning them starting November 22

(Newser) - Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages, the AP reports. "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can... More »

Mitt Romney Admits He Is 'Pierre Delecto'

He has been using name on 'lurker' Twitter account

(Newser) - You might know him as mild-mannered Sen. Mitt Romney. But on Twitter, he is Pierre Delecto, fearless defender of ... Mitt Romney. After the Utah senator mentioned in an Atlantic profile Sunday that he has a "lurker" Twitter account that he uses to follow journalists and athletes, among others, Ashley... More »

Hillary Issues Tantalizing Tweet in Tiff With Trump

The former Secretary of State suggests anything is possible in 2020

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton isn't running in 2020—positively, definitely, for sure—except for a tantalizing tweet posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, CNN reports. After President Trump urged her to join the Democratic fray, Clinton responded: "Don't tempt me. Do your job." And while talking to Judy... More »

Trump Really Hammers Mitt

Romney's criticism of the president had an effect, apparently

(Newser) - President Trump is really going after Mitt Romney. In tweets on Sunday, the president kept hammering the Utah senator after calling for his impeachment the day before, Fox News reports. "The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types," Trump tweeted . "They may... More »

Trump Sets New Twitter Record

He tweeted almost 800 times in September

(Newser) - It's a record that may never be broken—not by another president, at least. President Trump broke his own record for most presidential tweets in a month in September, when he tweeted or retweeted 790 times, CNN reports. He set the previous record in May with 695 tweets. He... More »

Leaked Audio Reveals How Zuckerberg Really Feels

The Facebook CEO says he'll 'go to the mat and fight' Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg takes one look at Elizabeth Warren and sees an existential threat—at least according to leaked audio of him in a Q&A with Facebook employees. "You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies ," the Facebook... More »

Ivanka Tweeted About Star Wars. Luke Skywalker Responded

Mark Hamill doesn't appear to be a Trump fan

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo Saturday night of herself and husband Jared Kushner dressed to the nines, along with their three kids gathered around them—with the youngest decked out in a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume. "The Force is strong in my family," Trump captioned her photo. A... More »

Greta Thunberg's Reply to Trump: New Twitter Bio

She quotes the president

(Newser) - In lines widely seen as mocking , President Trump tweeted late Monday that climate activist Greta Thunberg "seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" No word on whether he considers her response as nice to see: Less... More »

Trump Shares Fake Video of Ilhan Omar

The president retweets video of her dancing, but it wasn't on the 9/11 anniversary

(Newser) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday used Twitter to share an edited video made by a conservative comedian that falsely accused Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of dancing and partying last week on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the AP reports. The inaccurate video provoked new Twitter criticism of... More »

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