Yes, Your Plagiarized Twitter Joke Can Be Deleted On Copyright Grounds

Yes, Your Plagiarized Twitter Joke Can Be Deleted On Copyright Grounds

Sometimes reading through Twitter feeds can be like hanging out with that guy in the office who is constantly cracking other folks’ jokes and acting as if he’d dreamt them up on the spot. The big difference is that the office hack won’t have his wisecracks muted for violating the writer’s copyright. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Microsoft Now Accepting Requests To Remove Revenge Porn From Bing, Xbox Live & OneDrive

Microsoft joined the growing list of tech companies taking steps to crack down on so-called revenge porn – the posting of nude photos or videos online without the consent of the subject – by honoring requests to remove links to the images or the content from appearing in results on its search engine Bing and other platforms. [More]

Twitter Takes Down Background Images, Doesn’t Explain Why

Twitter Takes Down Background Images, Doesn’t Explain Why

Have you checked Twitter today? If so, then you may have noticed a few things. First, that beautiful background image you carefully selected to show a bit of your personality is no longer decorating your page; instead, it’s been replaced with a plain white void. The result: this new version of Twitter looks an awful lot like Facebook: a small profile picture on the left and a long photo of your choosing plastered at the top of the page. [More]

(Tom Raftery)

Twitter Removes Its Ads With Autoplay Videos After Epilepsy Group Calls The Promos “Irresponsible”

Twitter has pulled two ads promoting its new music service after an epilepsy organization complained that the auto-playing videos with brightly flashing colors could trigger seizures. [More]

Senate Advances Bill That Would Require Social Media Sites To Report “Terrorist Activities”

Senate Advances Bill That Would Require Social Media Sites To Report “Terrorist Activities”

If it seems like everyone uses social media, well, that’s because basically everyone does. But it’s not just cake recipes and birthday party meet-ups people plan online; plenty of illegal activity gets talked about in digital space, too. And now members of the Senate want to make sure that when certain kinds of no-no topics pop up, the platform owners let the feds know. [More]

Google Giving Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Pics From Search Results

Google Giving Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Pics From Search Results

This past spring a number of tech companies took steps to crack down on so-called revenge porn – the posting of nude photos or videos online without the consent of the subject. Today, Google announced it was joining those sites by honoring requests to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without the featured person’s permission from search results. [More]

Are Spirit Airlines Pilots Striking? Customers Say Yes, Airline Remains Mum

Are Spirit Airlines Pilots Striking? Customers Say Yes, Airline Remains Mum

UPDATE: Spirit Airlines says that issues affecting its service across the country are not the result of a strike. [More]

(Cobby17)

Twitter Lifting The 140-Character Limit For Direct Messages

Although many companies have branched into social media as a customer service tool, it can be frustrating for all parties involved when customers have to explain their issues in 140-character chunks of text. To make things a bit easier for everyone, Twitter has decided to lift the character limit in direct messages. So it’s like, email…? [More]

Judge Says USA FREEDOM Act May Scuttle Twitter’s Transparency Lawsuit

Judge Says USA FREEDOM Act May Scuttle Twitter’s Transparency Lawsuit

Last October, Twitter sued the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney General, the FBI, and FBI Director James Comey, because the social media platform believed it has a First Amendment right to be fully transparent with its users about the number and nature of national security requests it receives from the government. But with the recent passing of the USA FREEDOM Act, the judge in the case says there may be no need for the lawsuit to move forward. [More]

(benh57)

Report: Airlines Get A Lot Of Hate On Social Media, Especially The Big Ones

As often as we use social media to proclaim our likes and loves, just as often we air grievances to our friends and the world — including complaints about the companies we do business with. When it comes to talking about airlines on social media, a new report says it’s a negative arena, especially when it comes to the largest carriers. [More]

(Tom Raftery)

Twitter Reportedly Looking To Buy Article-Curating App Flipboard For $1B

If you’re one of the largest social media networks in the world and happen to have $1 billion burning a hole in your pocket, what do you do? If you’re Twitter, you apparently start talks to buy article-sharing app Flipboard. [More]

(frankieleon)

Survey Says: 30% Of People Who Admit To Tweeting While Driving Do It “All The Time”

While we’ve heard of people doing things they shouldn’t be doing while they’re driving — like playing the guitar and taking selfies, not to mention texting — it’s still shocking to look at the numbers tied to distracted driving. A new survey says the trendy thing to do behind the wheel now is using social media like Twitter, with plenty of people admitting they do it “all the time.” [More]

Coming Soon: Tweet The Pizza Emoji At Domino’s, Get Pizza Delivered

Coming Soon: Tweet The Pizza Emoji At Domino’s, Get Pizza Delivered

It’s a good thing for Domino’s customers that there’s a pizza emoji (even if there’s no hot dog or taco yet, what is going on there?!?) because now they’ll barely have to lift a finger to order pizza on Twitter. The chain says it’s launching a Tweet-a-pizza delivery service starting May 20, allowing customers to simply send 🍕 [pizza emoji if you can’t see it on your device] to @Dominos to place their order. [More]

Data Analysis Proves That Some Brands Are Really Good At Twitter

Data Analysis Proves That Some Brands Are Really Good At Twitter

As more members of the public have turned to Twitter to keep up with the news and post photos of their lunches, brands have also turned to the service to promote themselves and to reach out to customers. As we’ve seen, some companies are really fantastic at social media, and others aren’t. Yet it is possible to scientifically prove which brands are good at Twitter and which aren’t. [More]

Though we can't imagine why anyone would want to watch Game of Thrones through someone else's smartphone, a number of Periscope users chose to share Sunday's season premiere with their Twitter friends. (image via Mumbrella)

HBO Complains To Twitter About Periscope Users Who Streamed Game Of Thrones

While plenty of people were legally watching the Game of Thrones season premiere on Sunday, some of those viewers were also using their accounts on Periscope, the Twitter-owned live-streaming service, to illegally re-broadcast the show to their online pals. In response, HBO has sent takedown notices and these Periscope users may have their accounts suspended. [More]

Hostess Claims It Actually Does Know The Difference Between Baseball And Football

Hostess Claims It Actually Does Know The Difference Between Baseball And Football

The arrival of spring means one thing for many sports fans across the country: Baseball is back, and with it, warm days and cool beers at the stadium. So how could Hostess possibly think there are touchdowns in baseball? [More]

HBO Finally Gets Around To Replying To Consumers Who Said They’d Pay For HBO Go…. Three Years Ago

HBO Finally Gets Around To Replying To Consumers Who Said They’d Pay For HBO Go…. Three Years Ago

With the launch of standalone streaming service HBO Now just around the corner, it appears the premium cable channel is attempting to drum up sales by going back in time and replying to Tweets from three years ago. [More]

Comcast Says It’s Tripling Size Of Social Media Customer Service Team

Comcast Says It’s Tripling Size Of Social Media Customer Service Team

Comcast has been responding to customer complaints on Twitter and Facebook for years, but that didn’t help the company get out of the basement of customer satisfaction ratings — not just for cable and Internet providers, but for all U.S. companies. And now that Comcast is trying to merge with the one consumer-facing business with a worse reputation, it says it is making an investment to improve its social media customer service team. [More]