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Twitter flags Indian politician’s years-old tweet for violating its policy – TechCrunch


Twitter has flagged a post from Indian politician T. Raja Singh for violating its policy days after TechCrunch asked the social giant about the three-year-old questionable tweet.

In a video tweet, Singh urged India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others citizens in the country to move Rohingya Muslim immigrants, including those “who supported terrorism,” out of the nation as he feared that they would become a “headache for the nation” in the future. “#Deport RohingyaMuslims,” he tweeted. Read More

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Mashable

Twitter’s ‘Quote Tweet’ changes make sussing out online drama easier

Twitter’s incredibly handy “Retweets with comments” feature is getting a rebranding, as well as becoming a tiny bit more convenient to use.

Earlier this year, Twitter added the option to see retweets that include a comment without having to use an automated account such as . Now the feature has been renamed, ditching the descriptive but clunky “Retweets with comments” for the cleaner “Quote Tweets.”

Quote Tweets also appear between the Retweets and Likes on a tweet now, making the feature slightly less annoying to access. Previously, you had to click to see the Retweets, then click “Retweets with comments” from there. Now, you can just jump straight to the drama. Read More

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Mashable

*That* Chadwick Boseman tweet is now Twitter’s ‘most Liked’ ever

On Friday evening, Aug. 29, 2020, the people of Twitter received the devastating news of Chadwick Boseman’s death at the too-young age of 43.

The news came in the form of a photo and a statement posted to the Black Panther star’s official Twitter account. We learned that he’d been secretly contending with colon cancer for four years, and that he’d been juggling some of the best work of his life alongside ongoing treatment. Obviously, the tweet blew up.

It blew up so big, in fact, that Twitter confirmed it as the “most liked tweet ever” on Saturday. “A tribute fit for a king,” the tweet read, in a nod to Boseman’s role as the Wakandan king T’Challa in Panther, before driving the point home with a #WakandaForever hashtag. Read More

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TechCrunch

Twitter hides Trump tweet behind notice for potentially dissuading people from voting – TechCrunch


Twitter flagged one of President Donald Trump’s tweets on Monday, placing it behind a notice that warns users it violates the platform’s rules against dissuading people from voting.

In the tweet, posted on Monday, Trump claimed mail drop boxes are a “voter security disaster” and also said they are “not COVID sanitized.” Twitter’s notice says that the tweet violates its rules about civic and election integrity, but it “determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” Users can still retweet it with comment, but are nor prevented from liking, replying, or retweeting it alone. Read More

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Mashable

Twitter gives everyone the power to limit tweet replies (for real this time)


OK, this time Twitter means it.

What has since May been the prerogative of a select few has finally trickled down to the social media plebs. As of Tuesday morning, every Twitter user has the power to dictate who can — and crucially, by extension, who can’t — reply to their tweets.

For a brief moment last week it appeared Twitter had quietly made the feature available to everyone with an update to the iOS mobile app. But alas, it was not to be. The Verge confirmed that the release notes were pushed in error, and no new feature was immediately forthcoming.  Read More

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Engadget

Twitter test directly shows your tweet quote counts


Twitter is going one step further in its efforts to help you track quoted retweets. The social media site has confirmed to The Verge that it’s testing an approach placing these counts directly on tweets, and has renamed them from Retweets with Comments to a far more digestible Quotes. If people are adding their own input to your posts instead of simply passing the message along, you’ll know it in short order.

The company didn’t say if or when it expected the feature to reach widespread adoption. Read More

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The Verge

Twitter testing quote tweet counts, formerly known as retweets with comments


In a move that may forever change what it means to be ratio’d, Twitter is testing some new language on tweet metrics, making quotes (also known as retweets with comments) visible on each tweet, the company confirmed Saturday.

“A few months ago, we’ve made Retweets with Comments more visible when you tap to see Retweets on a Tweet,” a Twitter spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “This is available to everyone. Now, we’re testing making Retweets with Comments accessible directly on the Tweet and new language (Quotes) to see if this makes them easier to access and more understandable.” Read More

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The Verge

Twitter forced Donald Trump Jr. to delete tweet spreading COVID-19 misinformation


Twitter has forced Donald Trump Jr. — the outspoken son of President Trump — to remove a tweet from his timeline linking to a recent viral video spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that had been posted by right-wing news outlet Breitbart, as first reported by Vice.

The tweet shared a video from a group called America’s Frontline Doctors that has been popular in conspiracy circles across social media. Yesterday, the video racked up 20 million views on Facebook before being removed as misinformation. Read More

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VentureBeat

Twitter disables video in Trump tweet over copyright complaint


(Reuters) — Twitter disabled a campaign-style video that President Donald Trump retweeted on Saturday, citing a copyright complaint.

The video, which included music from the group Linkin Park, disappeared from the president’s Twitter feed late Saturday with the notification: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

Twitter removed the video, which Trump had retweeted from White House social media director Dan Scavino, after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice from Machine Shop Entertainment, according to a notice posted on the Lumen Database which collects requests for removal of online materials. Read More

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Wired

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet


In 1998, folk singer Jewel released a book of poetry called A Night Without Armor. (The title was a pun, you see. It plays with the homophones “night” and “knight” … Oh, you do see? OK, never mind.) It wasn’t particularly mind-blowing—at best, it featured what you’d expect from a master of the inoffensive coffeehouse jam—but it sold a lot of copies. Jewel was at the height of her Lilith Fair-and-VH1-powered stardom, and the book seemed to be at every Barnes & Noble coast-to-coast. Like the boy bands and pop stars who would come after her, she outsold Rilke that year (probably), because she was a name everyone knew. Monoculture was strong in ‘98. My point—and I do have one—is that pop culture back then wasn’t much different then than it is now. These days, though, the chart-toppers, the people everyone listens to most, are the people with the blue checkmarks. Read More