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Judge Rules White Supremacist Can Sue Twitter for Banning Him

A California judge decided Thursday not to throw out a lawsuit filed against Twitter that accused the company of violating the free speech rights of white supremacist Jared Taylor when Twitter banned him from the platform late last year. Read More >>

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How Many Social Media Users Are Real People?

Most social media users know that bot accounts are among us, whether as fake voters with loud opinions or obsessive re-tweeters of a single corporation’s content. When it comes to telling many ‘fake’ accounts from real ones, however—or just knowing how many non-individuals are active online—even savvy users are mostly in the dark. Read More >>

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Ecuador to Julian Assange: You Can Stay in Our Embassy But for the Love of God, Stop Tweeting

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks and a noted internet edgelord, will be allowed to continue to live in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he has for the past six years — provided he stops shitposting about politics on Twitter. Read More >>

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Police Are More Likely to Arrest You at a Protest Where People Actually Give a Damn, Study Finds

A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) suggests that there is a correlation between an increase in violence at protests and tweets with “moral content” concerning what the protest is about—like, say, police violence. But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find that the study’s implications are more complicated than that. Read More >>

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Why Twitter Started Banning Some of Its Youngest Users

Twitter, in an effort to comply with the European Union’s privacy-centric General Data Protection Regulation, has begun to suspend accounts belonging users who were under the age of 13 when they first signed up. While the cynic in me is all for Twitter cleansing its service of youths, it isn’t exactly implementing age restriction as you might think. In effect, Twitter is engaging in some retroactive account suspension, forcing some users now over 13 to create brand new accounts. Sorry about your personal brand, teens. Read More >>

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Poundland Warns That “Poundland” Should Not be Used as an Insult

Poundland threw a wobbly on the internet yesterday, after the social account manager for the Thameslink rail franchise apologised for poor service by saving its schedules have been "a bit Poundland" of late. Read More >>

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Roseanne Barr Blames Ambien For Her Racism, Then Deletes the Tweet

Roseanne Barr’s show was cancelled yesterday after she tweeted a racist joke against a former adviser to President Obama. She even threatened to quit Twitter after the incident. But Barr is more active on the site than ever, retweeting supposed hypocrisy by Disney, and even partially blaming the sleep drug Ambien for her racist tweet. Read More >>

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Networks Scramble to Pull All Reruns of Roseanne After Star’s Racist Tweet

The torturous situation caused by TV star and far-right conspiracy theorist Roseanne Barr, whose 90s-era show Roseanne was revived for 2018 in some kind of horribly misguided effort to appeal to Donald Trump supporters, culminated in a predictable implosion this week. Barr — who has been tweeting for months about the 4chan-born Qanon theory that ludicrously alleges Democratic leadership are members of a Satanic paedophilia cartel — sent out a racist tweet smearing Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, resulting in the show’s abrupt cancellation by ABC. Read More >>

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How Google News Compares to Twitter, Facebook, and RSS for Your News

There’s a new news aggregator in town (well, an old one, revamped). The updated, refreshed, and smarter version of Google News is out now on Android, iOS, and the web, so how does this reimagining of the news stack up against the other ways we usually get our headlines — Facebook, Twitter, and RSS? We’ve been diving deep into the transformed platform to get a better idea. Read More >>

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Jump Back in Time and See What Your Twitter Feed Looked Like in 2008

May 2008 was a very different time. Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, Iron Man was in cinemas, there was only one iPhone, Giz UK wasn't even a pipe dream, and the prospect of Star Wars returning to cinemas was laughable at best. Twitter was also only two years old, and barely used by anyone. It was a very different place, devoid of American presidents and a large number of major news organisations. Read More >>

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Elon Musk’s ‘Pravda’ Media Company Already Exists

Following critical coverage of his electric car company, Tesla, Elon Musk has been on a Twitter tear against the media, threatening to build a service that would allow the general public to rank the trustworthiness and “core truth” of stories, journalists, publications, and editors. Read More >>

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Is This the Perfect Video?

It’s hard to define the concept of perfection. Philosophers have debated the meaning of perfection for centuries, wondering aloud whether it can ever truly be achieved. But we here at Gizmodo believe that we have finally found it. This video, posted to Twitter on 20 May 2018 AD, is perfect. Read More >>

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Twitter Says it Will Start Hiding Tweets That ‘Negatively Impact’ the Service

Twitter in 2018 remains a cesspool of narcissists, scammers, and trolls — I’m not just talking about Kanye West’s mentions — and on Tuesday the service announced its latest attempt to solve that problem. In the coming weeks, Twitter will begin hiding tweets that are “detracting from the conversation.” Read More >>

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If You’re Tweeting During a Disaster, You’re Probably Spreading Fake News

The old adage about a lie travelling halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on has been made true thanks to Twitter. According to a new study, the vast majority of people using the platform during disasters and breaking news events spread false information without ever getting it a second thought. Read More >>

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Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages

With Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Signal all offering various forms of encrypted messaging, Twitter has often seemed like the lone holdout. The company has been pressed to add an encryption option to its direct messaging—most notably by Edward Snowden—but the feature has yet to be introduced. Read More >>