Tom Raftery

Twitter Temporarily Limiting Reach Of User Accounts Sending Abusive Tweets

If you planned to send out a mean, abusive Tweet, it might not get very far. Just a week after releasing a trio of tools aimed at dealing with abuse and trolls, Twitter is temporarily limiting the reach of certain messages deemed to be abusive.  [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Adds New Features To Hide, Possibly Prevent Some Abuse

Twitter’s own CEO once candidly declared that the social media network “suck[s] at dealing with abuse and trolls,” and the company — as recently as last week — has repeatedly made promises to do something to curb the ugliness. Today, Twitter announced a trio of new tools that it hopes may mitigate the widespread abuses. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter (Again) Promises New Approach To Reduce Harassment And Abuse

Twitter is something of a double edged sword, for its millions of users. On one hand, conversations are fast-flowing, free, and open, and a single retweet can bring that smart thing you said to everyone’s attention. Conversely, a single retweet can bring that smart thing you said to the attention of a roving hate mob, making your life utterly miserable and possibly putting you in actual danger.

Twitter’s been saying for years that it needs to improve its tools for mitigating abuse and harassment, and for years users have been finding each new option insufficient at best. But this time, the company’s leadership promises, they’re going to make good changes. For real. [More]

The Triumphant Rise And Epic Collapse Of Vine

Today, while you’re posting the seventeen-thousandth Snapchat clip of yourself with the “puppy face” filter, or using Instagram to share that two-second loop of your grandma hula-hooping, the once-great micro-video platform Vine dies. Sure, it’s being reborn as some new app, but lightning rarely strikes twice on the internet, and the era of the “Vine star” or the six-second “viral Vine” is surely gone. In honor of Vine’s demise, we look back at the service’s meteoric rise — and its quiet fall from favor. [More]

Political Pundit Can’t Sue Trump Over Tweet Saying She “Begged” For A Job

Political Pundit Can’t Sue Trump Over Tweet Saying She “Begged” For A Job

A New York state court has thrown out a libel case brought by a conservative political commentator against President-elect Donald Trump, after he referred to her on Twitter as a “dummy,” and a “major loser,” and claimed that she “begged” him for a job. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Might Let Users Edit Tweets Someday

Everyone’s done it at one time or another: sent a Tweet into the world with a typo, or other error you regret sharing. Currently, your only option is to delete the Tweet and try again, but that could someday change if Twitter finally allows users to edit the things they share. [More]

Several Marvel Twitter Pages Fall Victim To Same Group That Hacked Netflix’s Account

Several Marvel Twitter Pages Fall Victim To Same Group That Hacked Netflix’s Account

On the same day that Netflix’s U.S. Twitter account was briefly compromised, the group responsible for that attack is taking responsibility for hacking several Marvel social media pages as well. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Rolls Back Update After “Accidentally” Removing ‘@’ From Replies

If you noticed something a little funny on Twitter recently, you aren’t alone: the company confirmed that it “accidentally” pushed an update that briefly killed off the @ symbol in front of usernames. [More]

Jason Cook

You might assume that a child raised on online content may be better positioned to tell when news and information is coming from legitimate sources and when that source is a fake or an ad. However, the results of a new study appear to indicate that this always-connected generation is no better equipped to sort fact from fiction online. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Improving Tools To Hide, Report Harassment And Abuse

It’s been the better part of two years since Twitter then-CEO Dick Costolo admitted, “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.” And finally, it seems, Twitter is trying to suck less. [More]

Twitter May Sell Vine For Cheap Instead Of Closing It Down

Twitter May Sell Vine For Cheap Instead Of Closing It Down

A few weeks ago, Twitter upset creators and fans of its six-second looping video service, Vine, by announcing its plans to close down the app. That may not be the case, though: there are reportedly some suitors that want to take Vine off Twitter’s hands for a low price and keep it alive. [More]

Twitter Launching Direct Message Bot Feature To Help Companies With Customer Service

Twitter Launching Direct Message Bot Feature To Help Companies With Customer Service

There are some customer service situations where you might want to talk to a human about your problem in detail, but in others, communicating with a preprogrammed robot may resolve an issue more quickly. For those cases, Twitter is introducing a chatbot that companies can use to talk to customers via the platforms Direct Messages feature. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Users Frustrated By Disappearance Of “@-Replies”

When Twitter was created, there was no built-in way to indicate that you were Tweeting to a particular account, so users came up with the “@username” method for tagging others in their Tweets. In the decade since, the @- reply has gone from obscure shorthand to commonplace usage by hundreds of millions of people. But as part of Twitter’s recently announced changes, the @-reply is vanishing — and some folks are not happy. [More]

Twitter Closing Down 6-Second Video App Vine

Twitter Closing Down 6-Second Video App Vine

Four years ago, Twitter bought Vine, an app that let users upload and browse looping six-second video clips. While a community of people who elevated repeating video clips to an art form grew around the site, which hadn’t actually opened yet when Twitter bought it, Instagram and Snapchat also grew since then as places to share short videos. Now, on the same day that it cut 9% of its staff, Twitter announced that it’s shutting down Vine. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Laying Off 9% Of Workforce After Failing To Sell Itself

As expected, Twitter has announced that it’s laying off a large chunk of its workforce as it prepares to go it alone after failing to attract a solid suitor. [More]

Tom Raftery

Report: Twitter Preparing To Cut Hundreds Of Jobs After Failing To Find Buyer

After failing to secure a buyer for the company, Twitter is now reportedly looking to slash hundreds of jobs, totaling about 8% of its workforce. [More]

Tom Richardson

Trouble With Twitter, Reddit, Or The Rest Of The Internet Today? It’s Not Just You.

Update: Dyn reports that as of about 9:30 a.m., service has been restored and affected sites and services should start returning to normal. However, as of about 11:50 another round appears to have begun, with even more trouble hitting around 1:30 ET. Read on for more about the scope of the issue. [More]

Tom Raftery

Salesforce Joins Companies Walking Away From Twitter Purchase

Poor Twitter. Despite an abundance of rumored suitors, it’s starting to look like no one wants to buy the social media company. This time, it’s Salesforce that’s walking away from discussions. [More]