Twitter Bug That ‘May Have’ Exposed Direct Messages Probably Didn’t Expose Anything

Some Twitter users received an alert on Friday warning that a bug “may have” allowed their direct messages and protected tweets to be viewed by developers who weren’t authorised to see them. But the conditions needed for that to happen seem so far-fetched, it’s unlikely anyone was actually impacted. Read More >>

Government Eyes Regulator for *Entire Internet*

Someone in the government has had a great idea for a job that could be given to Boris Johnson to do as a punishment -- make him the internet regulator. Imagine being the internet regulator. It'd be be like when something goes wrong with a massive pipe at an oil rig and the work experience boy is sent in with a set of hex keys and some masking tape to fix it. Read More >>

Twitter’s Chronological Timeline Is Back. Just Wait Until You See How Weird It Is

Twitter is finally leading the way in making a change to its platform that every social network should implement: It’s bringing back the chronological timeline. I’ve been using a workaround to do this for a bit and people have no idea how strong the algorithmic Stockholm syndrome can be. Read More >>

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Homeless Man Shaving on Train Goes Viral Because Humans Are Terrible and Social Media was a Mistake

The world is a cruel place. And nobody knows that better than Anthony Torres, a 56-year-old man in New York who was recently the butt of jokes when a video of him shaving on a train went viral. Torres talked with the Associated Press and explained that he doesn’t have a home right now and had just spent a few days in a homeless shelter. Read More >>

Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been covering their naughty bits with flora—or at least that’s what the classicist motif of putting fig leaves over nudity would have you believe. This age-old practice recently saw a social media resurgence, with dozens of Facebook users posting their own semi-nude plant photos online. Read More >>

Report: Jack Dorsey Overruled Staff to Keep Alex Jones, White Supremacist Richard Spencer on Twitter

Twitter, the social media site for people who like getting angry at things, has long been a haven for misogynistic harassers, white supremacists, and garden-variety trolls. The site has claimed to be working on this, but its supposed commitment to change has been repeatedly undermined by their decision to do things like add a blue verified checkmark to neo-Nazi rally organiser Jason Kessler’s profile or refuse to punish toxic users like conspiracy kingpin Alex Jones. Read More >>

Broadcasters Want the UK Government to Create an Independent Social Media Regulator

The government has a pretty turbulent relationship with social media. There's a lot that can be gained from the ease and efficiency of the communication, but social media sites are also poor at regulating themselves and have inevitably devolved into a cesspit where awful people can group together to do and say terrible things (to say the very least). Now British broadcasters have come together to ask that the government increase its oversight of social media with a dedicated watchdog organisation. Read More >>

Channel 4 Has a Big Brother Clone for Social Media

Channel 4 is currently putting the finishing touches to a programme called The Circle, one that's a sort of reality TV experience with the twist that its stars can only interact with each other through a smartphone app -- and those who generate the fewest likes get blocked and head off to the eviction special. Read More >>

Amazon is Encouraging Staff to Defend its Practises on Social Media

In what we are sure is only a massive coincidence, a group of thoroughly happy-with-their-workplace Amazon warehouse staff have started responding to criticism of their company online, posting positive messages about how thrilled they are to be working in warehouses and how lovely the whole experience is, and even boasting about how much they get paid. Man going "hmmm" emoji here. Read More >>

EU Draft Law Would Fine Companies for Failing to Adequately Deal With Extremist Content

The EU is always getting into fights with social media companies, especially where the topic of extremist content comes up. Social Media insists that it's putting loads of effort into removing that sort of thing quickly and efficiently, but the EU (along with our own government) doesn't think that's good enough. So now there's a new draft law on the cards that would fine them for not removing flagged content quickly enough. Read More >>

The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream Ambushes of Alleged Paedophiles

The texts would come at all hours of the night, numbering in the thousands. “Have you been with an older guy?” “You’re really hot, so it’s worth the risk of getting in trouble.” “Has your daddy fucked you today?” Read More >>

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Vimeo Removes InfoWars Content After Alex Jones Seeks Friendly Channels For His Media Empire

With few places to turn, Alex Jones started publishing videos more frequently at Vimeo last week. But it looks like he’s not wanted there either. Vimeo deleted a number of InfoWars videos over the weekend, citing violations of its terms of service. Read More >>

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Social Media Might Not Ruin Nature, After All

Once pristine natural places become Instagram famous, everything changes. Lonely trails clog with hikers; empty forest pools fill with swimmers. Some have argued that the meshing of social media with the outdoors could cause locations to be loved to death, or even fundamentally taint outdoor recreation itself. Read More >>

Twitter Admits Alex Jones Broke Its Rules, Still Standing by Their Man for Some Dumb Reason

Twitter, one of the few tech platforms that has refused to ban conspiracy shitposter and Infowars grifter kingpin Alex Jones, admitted on Friday that he had a history of posts that were in clear violation of the site’s terms of service but still won’t terminate his accounts, CNN reported. Read More >>

Microsoft Threatens to Stop Hosting Gab, the Worst Social Network, Over Anti-Semitic Threats of Violence

Gab, the Twitter knock-off of choice for the far right, has 48 hours to delete offending content that Microsoft says incites violence. If Gab doesn’t delete the two posts, created by a user of the site, Microsoft says it will suspend its hosting services. Read More >>