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Trump Is Plotting a Social Media Comeback

An advisor says the former president will launch his own platform

(Newser) - Donald Trump is plotting a comeback—to social media. Jason Miller, a senior advisor to the former president, told Fox News on Sunday that Trump is going to launch his own platform in the coming months. “And this is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in...

Resolution Seeks to Expel Greene From House

Twitter restores freshman's account, saying it made a mistake

(Newser) - A House Democrat introduced a resolution Friday to kick Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene out of Congress over her endorsements of violence against their colleagues. "I take no joy in introducing this resolution," California Rep. Jimmy Gomez said in a floor speech, the Hill reports. But he said Greene...

Cardi B, Candace Owens Just Got Into It (Again) on Twitter

Things got wild after Owens criticized the rapper on Fox

(Newser) - Cardi B and conservative commentator Candace Owens have clashed on Twitter before , but this time, they say they're going to sue each other. Owens specifically says she plans to sue the rapper for posting a Photoshopped tweet suggesting Owens' husband cheated on her with her own brother. Yes, really....

Mastermind of Massive Twitter Hack Is Sentenced

Graham Ivan Clark, who was 17 at the time, gets 3 years, plus probation

(Newser) - A teenager who hacked the Twitter accounts of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Apple, and Uber as part of a Bitcoin scam last year has agreed to prison time. Graham Ivan Clark, 18, of Florida will serve three years in prison for the scam to...

Twitter Suspended People Over the M-Word

'Memphis' was briefly outlawed, in error

(Newser) - If you live in Memphis, have been planning a trip to Memphis, or just like chatting about Memphis online, you may have recently found yourself getting a slap on the wrist from Twitter. CNET reports that users on the social media platform who mentioned the Tennessee city over the weekend...

Russia Just Throttled Twitter, Ban Could Follow

Move is reportedly to keep posts encouraging anti-Kremlin protests from circulating

(Newser) - The new year in Russia kicked off with mass arrests of protesters pushing back against the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, an inconvenient development in a nation known for stifling dissent. Now the Kremlin is going after American social media, throttling Twitter's speed in an apparent attempt to...

Twitter Sues, Saying Texas Is Retaliating for Trump Ban

Attorney general launched investigation into tech companies

(Newser) - Twitter has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming the Republican used his office to retaliate against it for banning the account of former President Trump following the riot at the US Capitol. Days after the deadly January insurrection, Paxton announced an investigation into Twitter and four...

Buyers Bid Millions For Jack Dorsey's First Tweet

Offers for the Twitter co-founder's post have reached $2.5M

(Newser) - Jack Dorsey's first ever tweet is up for auction and bids have reached $2.5 million. You read that right, someone wants to offer about what some Americans might earn in a lifetime for the Twitter co-founder's 2006 message "just setting up my twttr." And it'...

Twitter to Call Strikes on Vaccine Misinformation

Five false posts will bring permanent suspension

(Newser) - Twitter is expanding its system of warning labels for misinformation and conspiracy theories to apply to posts about the coronavirus vaccines. A blog post Monday set out the new rules, the Wall Street Journal reports. Like its practice on election information, the policy will add up users' violations, calling each...

Twitter Announces Changes on the Way

Groups will be added, and users will be able to charge followers for content

(Newser) - They've worked well for Facebook, so Twitter is going to add groups to its platform—though they'll be called "communities." That's one of the major changes announced Thursday, the Verge reports. The other big one is called Super Follows, which will permit users to steer...

Twitter Thread Goes Viral With Tips for Freezing Texans

Towels, blankets, pantyhose, pool noodles, even your own armpits can prove invaluable

(Newser) - As a writer living in Michigan, Rebecca Mix is no stranger to winter storms and the resulting power outages. That's why she decided to share her tips for keeping as toasty and safe as possible when you've got no heat, no electricity, and perhaps no water, per Digg...

Leagues Ask Zuckerberg, Dorsey for 'Human Decency'

English soccer officials cite inaction over racist abuse of players, coaches and referees

(Newser) - The leaders of English soccer have asked the heads of Facebook and Twitter to show "basic human decency" by taking more robust action to eradicate racism and for users' identities to be verified. There has been growing outrage that players in leagues including the Premier League and the Women'...

Online Investors Switch Focus to Marijuana Stocks

Twitter surges 13% after reporting strong earnings despite 'unusual circumstances'

(Newser) - Major US stock indexes ended another up-and-down day of trading more or less where they started out, although a small gain nudged the Dow Jones Industrial Average to another record high. The S&P 500 fell 1.35 points, or less than 0.1%, to 3,909.88. The Dow...

Twitter Says Trump Will Never Be Allowed Back

'When you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform'

(Newser) - President Trump was permanently banned from Twitter two days after the Capitol riot—and the company says permanent means permanent. Ned Segal, Twitter's chief financial officer, told CNBC's Squawk Box Wednesday that Trump won't be allowed to return even if he is elected president again. "The...

Twitter Locks Devin Nunes' Account After Log-In Flub

Social media site says someone who tried to log on to Nunes' account failed anti-spam puzzle

(Newser) - For a short while this week, Twitter thought Devin Nunes wasn't human—a mistake it has since remedied. The New York Post reports that the California congressman or someone on his staff tried to log on to his Twitter account, but the person attempting the sign-in wasn't able...

Social Media's Treatment of Trump Upsets Macron

French president doesn't like private companies making the decision to cut a president off

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron says he was "very upset" by the way social networks muzzled Donald Trump at the tail end of his presidency. Speaking in a recorded video chat with scholars, Macron cited Trump's example in arguing for more government regulation of social media platforms. The comments,...

Twitter Boots MyPillow's Corporate Account for 'Ban Evasion'

Lindell used company's account to tell Twitter CEO he should be in prison

(Newser) - MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell tried to use the company account to get around his ban from Twitter—and ended up getting the company account banned as well. A Twitter spokesperson tells Mashable that the MyPillow corporate account "was permanently suspended for violating our ban evasion policy." Lindell, who...

There's a Dark Side to the Viral Silhouette Challenge

Videos are being edited to better reveal their sometimes-naked subjects

(Newser) - The "silhouette challenge" is the latest viral craze sweeping social media sites like TikTok and Instagram, this one meant to empower women. Women post videos of themselves dancing, often partially or completely nude, with their bodies appearing in silhouette. Outlets like Cosmopolitan and the Sun explain how to copy...

GOP Congressman Wants to Hear Ocasio-Cortez Apologize

Media Research Center wants her suspended from Twitter over Ted Cruz comment

(Newser) - A Republican congressman is demanding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologize for saying Sen. Ted Cruz almost had her killed. AOC clashed with Cruz on Twitter Thursday after he agreed with her suggestion that the Financial Services Committee investigate trading app Robinhood over GameStop-related restrictions . AOC said she wouldn't work with...

GameStop Drama Spurs Stewart to Join Twitter

'We've learned nothing from 2008'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart never took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Donald Trump's presidency, but the GameStop drama managed to draw him in. The former Daily Show host joined Twitter Thursday to defend the small investors wreaking havoc with hedge funds after trading restrictions were brought in, Fox News...

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