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Mashable

Lindsey Graham said to use his own words against him. Twitter is on it

Senator Lindsey Graham’s own words are being used against him, thanks to old videos recirculating on Twitter.

Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the cohort of senators who review judicial nominations. In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, he’s facing pressure to reject any nominee chosen by Donald Trump to take Justice Ginsburg’s seat. Ginsburg was a progressive on a largely conservative court, and any nominee Trump puts forward is sure to be conservative as well.  Read More

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The Next Web

Twitter will prompt high-profile political accounts to ramp up security

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Twitter will start nudging high-profile political accounts to ramp up their login security ahead of the 2020 US election.

In a blog post, the company announced a select group of Congress members, government officials, news outlets, and even individual journalists will soon start receiving notifications, prompting them to strengthen their password if necessary and activate two-factor authentication.

[Read more: These tech trends defined 2020 so far, according to 5 founders] Read More

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TechCrunch

Twitter tightens account security for political candidates ahead of US election – TechCrunch


Twitter is taking steps to tighten account security for a range of users ahead of the US presidential election, including by requiring the use of strong passwords.

“We’re taking the additional step of proactively implementing account security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the US. Starting today, these accounts will be informed via an in-app notification from Twitter of some of the initial account security measures we will be requiring or strongly recommending going forward,” it said in a blog post announcing the pre-emptive step. Read More

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TechCrunch

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

Chris Evans accidentally leaked a nude and Twitter had jokes

Chris Evans accidentally posted something he shouldn’t have on Instagram, so let’s enjoy the jokes while respecting his privacy.

The Avengers and Not Another Teen Movie star’s iPhone camera roll made its way into a now-deleted Instagram post on Saturday. It included a private photo that you should absolutely not seek out. We’re being totally serious; he deserves privacy just as much as any of us. Chris, if you’re reading this, we have a guide for safely storing nude photos Read More

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VentureBeat

Twitter expands election misinformation rules to include posts that claim victory prematurely


(Reuters) — Twitter said on Thursday it would label or remove misinformation aiming to undermine confidence in the U.S. election, including posts claiming victory before results have been certified or inciting unlawful conduct to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.

Twitter said in a blog post it was updating its rules to recognize the changes in how people will vote in the November 3 election and try to protect against voter suppression and misleading content on its platform.

The widespread use of mail ballots in the U.S. election due to the coronavirus pandemic will likely cause significant delays in tallying results, which some experts fear could allow misinformation to gain traction. Read More

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Mashable

Forgotten Twitter feature shows off the embarrassing topics you follow


Twitter tends to reveal a lot about people. The tweets they like, the accounts they follow, and their inane 280-character musings depict a sometimes not-so-complex picture of the platform’s users.

And then there’s Topics. Unveiled in November of last year, the mostly forgotten feature was pitched as a way to let you follow rather specific areas of interest (i.e. topics) rather than specific accounts.

Importantly, if your account is public, anyone can see what topics you’ve decided to follow — highlighting all the wonderful and strange stuff you go out of your way to keep abreast of.  Read More

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The Verge

Twitter tries to explain trending topics


Twitter will add pinned tweets and short descriptions to some of the trending topics on its service to help people understand why they’ve become popular. In a blog post announcing the news, the company said it would immediately start adding representative pinned tweets to some topics in the iOS and Android apps, and that these would be coming to Twitter on the web soon. Descriptions will roll out in the coming weeks, Twitter said.

According to Twitter, the new feature is designed in part to help the 500,000+ people who tweeted “why is this trending?” over the course of 2019. Although the trending topics section is designed to give users an overview of what people (and bots) are discussing on the service, in reality it’s often filled with tweets from people confused about why a topic is trending in the first place. Read More

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Wired

A Saudi Prince’s Attempt to Silence Critics on Twitter


Abouammo complied, using his access to internal systems to find Mujtahidd’s email address and phone number. It was a potentially reckless move by the Twitter employee, possibly unmasking critics of a government that locked up dissidents.

Such requests continued for months. Over that time, Salman became king, Mohammed gained stature, and Asaker found himself working for one of the most powerful men in Saudi Arabia. Asaker would pay more than $300,000 to Abouammo, deposited in a Lebanese bank account that Abouammo had a relative open for him. “Proactive and reactively we will delete evil, my brother,” Abouammo texted Asaker just before one deposit of $9,911. Read More

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The Verge

Twitter quote tweets are now easier to find


Twitter is officially rolling out its new quote tweets counter, which lets you easily see every time a given tweet has been retweeted alongside a comment. “Tweets about a Tweet add more to the conversation, so we’ve made them even easier to find,” the company said, also noting that the new counter will be shown between the existing “Retweets” and “Likes” labels.

The social network has been testing the feature for a few months now, with different names and user interface designs. It’s experimented with labeling the counter as “Retweets with Comments” rather than “Quote Tweets” for example, and it’s also tested hiding it in a sub-menu rather than showing it directly on the tweet. Read More