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8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account Suspended

Move came after Licypriya Kangujam complained about being called 'Greta of India'

(Newser) - Licypriya Kangujam may be a young climate activist, but the 8-year-old is not "the Greta Thunberg of India." And after she pointed that out, she says, Twitter suspended her account. As the Daily Dot reports, the problems apparently started after Kangujam posted a series of tweets complaining about... More »

Student Returns to China, Goes on Trial for Tweets Sent in US

20-year-old gets 6 months for posts while he was at the University of Minnesota

(Newser) - Stepping up its efforts against criticism of the government by its citizens abroad, as well as those at home, China has sentenced a student to prison over tweets he sent while attending college in the US. Luo Daiqing, 20, was arrested last July in his hometown of Wuhan after he... More »

Trump Responds to 'Clown' Barb From Iran's Leader

'He should be very careful with his words!'

(Newser) - First there was MAGA; now there's MIGA. That stands for "Make Iran Great Again," which was President Trump's message to Iranian leadership Friday during a tense tweet-off between himself and Ayatollah Ali Khameini. This week, for the first time since 2012, Khameini delivered a Friday sermon,... More »

Twitter CEO: I Skip Breakfast, Lunch Every Day

Jack Dorsey talks more on his intermittent fasting habits, disputes rumor on his sauna/ice bath habit

(Newser) - People have a lot of questions about Twitter, and about CEO Jack Dorsey in particular, and on Tuesday, the 43-year-old social media leader tried to answer some of them. Wired has the video interview , and one of the questions that came in via the platform he oversees wanted to know... More »

Employee Blasts Company's Holiday Gift in Tweet, Is Fired

Hussien Mehaidli did not welcome his jar of BBQ sauce, grill scraper

(Newser) - Under certain circumstances, BBQ sauce and a wooden grill scraper might be a welcome holiday gift. These weren't those circumstances. A Canadian man has been fired after receiving that $27 present from his employer and going off about it on Twitter. CTV News reports Hussien Mehaidli, 27, posted in... More »

Billionaire to Dole Out $9M in 'Serious Social Experiment'

Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa wants to see if $9K will make 1K lucky winners happier

(Newser) - Money supposedly doesn't buy happiness, but a Japanese billionaire thinks it might at least cheer some people up. Just a couple of weeks after Zozo founder Yusaku Maezawa donated more than $18 million to a Japanese city hit hard by a typhoon, the fashion-minded entrepreneur is back in the... More »

Rose McGowan Defends Tweet About Iran Airstrike

The actor takes heat for her claim that 'the USA has disrespected your country'

(Newser) - Rose McGowan's tweet that apologized on behalf of the US to Iran for "disrespecting their flag and people" in the wake of an airstrike that killed the country's top general was not anti-American, the actress said in the face of harsh criticism. "I don't support... More »

He Tweeted About a 'Hot Girl' in 2009. His Next Tweet Was Awesome

Jared Matthews' 2009 joke paid off in the end

(Newser) - Before logging off Twitter for a decade, Jared Matthews tweeted about meeting "a really hot girl" who was half Japanese and half Filipino. "Think i ruined it by constantly callin her a jalepeno," he wrote on Nov. 28, 2009. Turns out he didn't ruin anything. Matthews,... More »

A Charity's Twitter Feed Was Hacked. Then, Flashing Lights

Cyberattack against epilepsy group came during National Epilepsy Awareness Month

(Newser) - The Epilepsy Foundation has filed criminal complaints after hackers targeted the charity's Twitter followers with seizure-inducing videos. Flashing and strobing videos and GIFs were sent to some 30,000 followers as part of a cyberattack last month, according to a release . Indeed, the New York Times describes 30 attacks... More »

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 »

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