Articles about Twitter

How a Teenager Allegedly Hacked Twitter

Twitter’s high-profile hack on July 15 featured an ‘only-in-Silicon Valley’ level of absurdity. As the internet followed the action live, attackers commandeered the accounts of major public figures on Twitter to facilitate a Bitcoin payment scam. Absurd or not, the damage was real: in the end, CNN reported the account “received more…

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Big Tech, China, and Hong Kong

The biggest technology companies have found themselves entangled in the latest chapter of China and Hong Kong’s long, complicated political history. A new security law that the New York Times describes as “rife with ambiguities” gives Beijing increased legal authority over Hong Kong—including the ability to punish pro-democracy protestors. Now, Facebook, Google,…

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The White House vs. Social Media Platforms

To date, social media companies and other online technology platforms have operated virtually unregulated. Many experts claim that this hands-off approach is in part due to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which affirms that “online platforms are not legally responsible for what users post.” With the rise of social…

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How Serious Are Zoom’s Data Security Issues?

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered even the most basic facets of daily life, from business to social interactions. With varying degrees of distancing measures in effect, video conferencing has surged for work, education, and simple social interactions. Services like Zoom have experienced a boom, with its service notching 300 million daily users April.…

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Political Ad Policies at Facebook, Twitter, and Google

The biggest and most widely-used technology platforms and services are being scrutinized ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. The central issue pins truth against freedom of speech, and whether user content or advertisers should be fact-checked by platforms that host and profit from said content. For Facebook, Twitter, and Google, that…

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Google the Latest to Feel Heat from Lawmakers

The biggest names in tech have increasingly found themselves in lawmakers’ crosshairs at home and abroad. Facebook and Twitter have borne the brunt of the scrutiny domestically, whether for data misuse, failure to prevent harmful actions or hate speech, accusations of inaction with regard to foreign election tampering, and more. Google had…

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Facebook Under Fire from British Lawmakers

Policymakers worldwide show no signs of letting up their increased scrutiny of Facebook. A British parliamentary committee investigating Russian election influencing campaigns has recommended sweeping regulations on tech companies, while accusing the social media giant of being disingenuous or outright obstructing lines of questioning. “Facebook should not be in a position of…

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Appeals Court Rules on Twitter’s Role in “Material Support” of Terrorism

An appeals court ruled in agreement with a lower court in January 2018 that Twitter was not liable for the deaths of two American military contractors, killed by a terrorist in Jordan in 2015. The ruling is the latest repudiation of the notion that social media services are willingly providing support to…

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