Category: Twitter

Twitter prioritizes blue-check verifications to confirm experts on Covid-19 and the novel coronavirus
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Twitter prioritizes blue-check verifications to confirm experts on Covid-19 and the novel coronavirus

At long last, here’s an actually useful purpose for Twitter’s blue-check verification mark: Twitter last night announced that it is mobilising the badge system to help surface and signal more authoritative and verified voices that can provide “credible updates” on the topic of the coronavirus, and made a general call out for people that are…

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Twitter makes working from home mandatory for employees around the world in response to COVID-19
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Twitter makes working from home mandatory for employees around the world in response to COVID-19

After “strongly encouraging” it earlier this month, Twitter said today that working from home is now mandatory for all employees around the world due to COVID-19 concerns. In announcement, the company said “we understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are unprecedented times.” The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic yesterday. There…

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Twitter applies its new “manipulated media” label to video retweeted by Trump
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Twitter applies its new “manipulated media” label to video retweeted by Trump

A video retweeted by Donald Trump is the first to be marked with Twitter’s new “manipulated media” tag. The company formally unveiled a new policy last month that said media that has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated” is likely to be labeled if it is determined to be deliberately misleading. The video, originally…

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Twitter acquihires Stories template maker Chroma Labs
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Twitter acquihires Stories template maker Chroma Labs

Is “Twitter Stories” on the way? Or will we just get tools to send prettier tweets? Well now Twitter has the talent for both as it’s just acquired Chroma Labs. Co-founded by Instagram Boomerang inventor John Barnett, Chroma Labs’ Chroma Stories app let you fill in stylish layout templates and frames for posting collages and…

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Twitter suspends ‘large network’ of fake accounts used to match phone numbers to users
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Twitter suspends ‘large network’ of fake accounts used to match phone numbers to users

Twitter announced today that over the holidays it identified and shut down “a large network of fake accounts,” as well as many others “located in a wide range of countries,” collectively abusing a feature that let them match phone numbers to user accounts. TechCrunch previously reported this same issue on December 24, which is also…

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Twitter Suspends ‘ZeroHedge’ for Coronavirus Doxxing
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Twitter Suspends ‘ZeroHedge’ for Coronavirus Doxxing

Twitter suspended ZeroHedge Friday afternoon. It’s not the first time ZeroHedge has run afoul of major platforms’ rules. The popular markets-focused blog with a contrarian streak has 673K followers. But they won’t be reading any new ZeroHedge tweets today. Followers suspect a tweet about a coronavirus conspiracy theory triggered the suspension. But it’s more likely…

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A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts
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A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to Twitter user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter’s Android app. Ibrahim Balic found that it was possible to upload entire lists of generated phone numbers through Twitter’s contacts upload feature. “If you upload your phone number, it fetches user data in return,”…

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