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Elon Musk Is Still Fighting Over His Bad Tweets in Court

Tesla CEO Elon Musk really, really wants to keep tweeting without any other adults looking over his shoulder, despite a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last year ordering him not to send out tweets that could affect Tesla’s stock without getting pre-approval from company officials. Read More >>

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Says Social Media Can’t Be ‘All Profit, No Responsibility’

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave a powerful speech in that country’s parliament this week expressing solidarity with the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack that left 50 dead and dozens injured. Ardern also had strong words for the social media companies that enabled the shooter to broadcast his massacre around the world. Read More >>

Facebook Says It Removed 1.5 Million Videos of Christchurch Massacre Within 24 Hours

Facebook said on Saturday night that within 24 hours of a horrific attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others on March 15, it had blocked 1.5 million attempts to share a video of the attack live-streamed on Facebook by the shooter. Over 1.2 million of those attempts were blocked at upload. Read More >>

Trump Now Just Accusing Google of Aiding the Chinese Military, or Whatever

In yet another example of some morsel of news carrion being dragged all the way up to the top of the White House before being partially digested and regurgitated onto a bunch of Twitter eggs, Donald Trump accused tech giant Google of aiding the Chinese military (as well as “Crooked Hillary Clinton”) on Saturday. Read More >>

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Big Tech’s Favourite Excuse for Letting Hate Go Viral Is a Great Argument Against Big Tech

Every horrifying moment amplified by social media follows the same basic script, and Friday’s livestreamed deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand, which left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured, hits all the usual plot points of hate going viral online. Read More >>

49 Dead and Dozens Wounded in New Zealand Terror Attacks That Were Livestreamed on Facebook

At least 49 people are dead and dozens more have been seriously wounded during multiple terror attacks today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker used both guns and bombs in an effort to target Muslims in the country. One series of attacks was livestreamed on Facebook for 17 minutes. Three men and one woman have been arrested, according to the New Zealand Herald. Read More >>

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Alleged North Korean Front Company Still Using the Same Brand Name on Social Media, Apparently

A company that the United Nations has said is a front for North Korean intelligence agencies, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), has continued its efforts to advertise sanctions-violating military hardware on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Motherboard reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

Twitter Made an In-App Camera to Compete with Snapchat and Instagram

Apparently Twitter thinks it's in competition with Instagram and Snapchat, because it's made its own in-app camera feature just like they have. Read More >>

Twitter CEO’s Newest Podcast Bud is a Guy Who Claims Vaccines Cause Autism

Man, it would be great if tech CEOs would maybe not appear as guests for podcasts during which they smoke pot or engage in casual conversation with anti-vaxxers. And yet here we are. Read More >>

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Elon Musk: You Can’t Make Me Never Tweet

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk filed his response to a request from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that an American federal court hold him in contempt for violating a settlement agreement. In the filing, Musk argues that restrictions on his tweeting amount to an “unconstitutional power grab” by the SEC and that he didn’t even violate the agreement anyway. Read More >>

Tesla Investors Are Suing Over Elon Musk’s Bad Tweets

Following news that Elon Musk may be in it again with the Securities and Exchange Commission for firing off a bad tweet, Bloomberg reported Friday that a group of institutional investors in Musk’s electric car company Tesla are suing to bar Musk from tweeting over “repeated misstatements” (and presumably all of the other unsavoury stuff) that they claim hurt shareholders and Tesla. Per Bloomberg: Read More >>

The First Reactions to Shazam Signal Another Win for DC

The next film in the DC Universe, Shazam, won’t open until April 5, but Warner Bros. decided to show it to critics early. Why? To hopefully build some buzz and anticipation for the film using social media. It’s a gamble, to be sure—but judging from a large majority of the reactions, it’s a gamble that paid off. Read More >>

Tim Cook’s Changed His Name to Tim Apple on Twitter

Sitting next to Donald Trump while he spews his nonsense must be trying at the best of times, but doing so while he gets your name completely wrong in front of the world has got to make it hard to bite your tongue. Read More >>

‘Get Outlook for iOS’ is the new ‘Ed Balls’ on Twitter

Remember when Ed Balls tried to search his own name and tweeted it instead? Twitter does. And now it'll forever remember the time Tory MP Geoffrey Cox QC managed to include the message "Get Outlook for iOS" at the end of an otherwise serious tweet (ill-advised use of the phrase "fag ends" notwithstanding): Read More >>

Woman Locked Out of YouTube, Gmail and Twitter for Having Same Name as Pop Star

Meghan Trainor, 45, has been an exhibiting artist and performer for more than 15 years. She’s worked in 3D printing, brain-computer interface, robotics and medieval technology. Drone metal outfit Earth is her favourite band and, this week, she was locked out of her social media accounts for 'impersonating' Meghan Trainor – that is, herself. Read More >>