Twitter claims tech wins in quashing terror tweets

 In its latest Transparency report, which covers requests it’s received from governments pertaining to content on its platform, Twitter has reported a big decline in the proportion of pro-terrorism accounts being reported over the past six months, as well a drop in the number of accounts it removed for terrorism-related content during this period. Read More

A guy’s Twitter account got suspended after he made a death threat—against a mosquito

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Twitter wants you to know it’s taking online abuse very seriously.

So much so that it’s blocked a user who made death threats against a mosquito.

A Japanese user sent out a furious tweet after he was bitten by a mosquito, saying “Bastard! Where do you get off biting me all over while I’m just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you’re already dead).”

He later received a notice from Twitter saying his account had been permanently frozen and could not be reactivated.

According to news outlet SoraNews24, this was the message the user received:  Read more…

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Why celebrities leave Twitter

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Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter.

The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the average internet person of its worth. Simultaneously it seems that celebrities are fleeing Twitter. As Sheeran told The Sun, “I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things.” Read more…

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Any app with human interaction needs a block button, period

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If you’ve ever experienced a bad breakup, harassment, or unwanted attention online, you’re probably familiar with the block button. 

On mainstream social networks—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—it’s pretty straightforward. Blocking someone prevents them from interacting with you, full stop. It’s handy for obvious reasons.

But harassment isn’t limited to mainstream platforms. Many apps that aren’t traditionally “social” now include social components, like Spotify, Etsy, Fitbit, and Airbnb. When users can contact each other via messaging or other means, there’s an opportunity for abuse. Read more…

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