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Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-02T22:13:12+00:00
Twitter shuts down multiple fake Antifa accounts run by white supremacists

The social network has stated that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa has posted calls for violence in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement under the twitter handle @Antifa_US. Twitter has reported the account as it "violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" according to the platform.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
2020-06-02T11:31:27+00:00
Music industry announces Blackout Tuesday in support of protests in the US
Foo Fighters Tweet about #blackouttuesday
Foo Fighters Tweet about #blackouttuesday Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Famous musicians like the Foo Fighters, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel and Billy Bragg have announced that they will partake in a "Blackout Tuesday" protest under the hashtag "#TheShowMustBePaused" in order to support the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States. Musician Billy Bragg urged people on his Twitter to "Take a day out to reflect on what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T08:36:21+00:00
NYT criticized for extenuated headline regarding White House attack on peaceful protestors
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020 Credit: New York Times via Tom Jolly on Twitter

Shortly after Tom Jolly, Print Editor of the New York Times, posted an image of the paper's A1 page with the title "As chaos spreads, Trump vows to 'end it now'", many took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its trivialization of the event. Neither the headline nor the sub-header mentioned the attack on peaceful protestors at the foot of the White House to make room for a photo-op of President Trump. Though the story itself painted a harsh and accurate picture of the event, the headline was heavily criticized on Twitter.
Matt Pearce of the LA Times wrote: "They brutalized peaceful protesters for a photo op." Andrew Beatty of AFP News replied with "This one will be taught in journalism schools." Parker Molloy tweeted: " Tom, this is embarrassing. I’d be ashamed to work for a place that put this out." 
In the CNN Business newsletter "Reliable Sources", Oliver Darcy says that "NYT's A1 falls short" and "If you were expecting The New York Times A1 to — in a bold and unflinching way — call out the attack on a peaceful demonstration so President Trump could have a photo-op, prepare to be disappointed."

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-01T17:35:15+00:00
Facebook employees voice criticism towards Zuckerberg's decision to not fact check posts

After Twitter attached a warning label to one of the tweets of US President Donald Trump, the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook wouldn't take any action and said the post in which Trump said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" is compliant with the rules of the platform regarding incitement of violence. Since then a number of employees have voice their disagreement with that decision. Lauren Tan, a software engineer at the company stated that "Facebook's inaction in taking down Trump's post inciting violence makes me ashamed to work here" and other employees questioned the moral standpoints of the company.

Politics • African
2020-05-31T09:27:07+00:00
"I strongly condemn the murder of #GeorgeFloyd", AU chairman Mahamat
Moussa Faki Mahamat r meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C in 2017
Moussa Faki Mahamat r meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C in 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, has spoken out about the murder of George Floyd on Twitter. He condemned the murder of George Floyd "at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones."

Politics • American • US
2020-05-29T08:15:41+00:00
Trump signs executive order aimed at social media companies
Donald J. Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in the East Room of the White House.
Donald J. Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at limiting the legal protection enjoyed by social media companies. the executive order comes two days after Twitter labelled two of his tweets "potentially misleading".
Twitter criticised the executive order on a statement late Thursday: "This EO is a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law. #Section230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression, and it’s underpinned by democratic values. Attempts to unilaterally erode it threatens the future of online speech and Internet freedoms."

Politics • American • US
2020-05-29T07:27:25+00:00
Twitter marks Trump tweet as "glorifying violence"
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet Credit: via Twitter

After US President Donald J. Trump threatened Minneapolis protestors with "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", Twitter marked his tweet as a violation against Twitter rules. "However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Politics • American • US
2020-05-29T07:19:47+00:00
Trump calls protestors "thugs", criticizes Mayor of Minneapolis on Twitter

On Thursday night, US President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter to comment on the ongoing protests in Minneapolis, calling the protestors "thugs" who are "dishonoring the memory of George Floyd". According to Trump, Governor Tim Walz has the support of the US military, stating that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

Trump furthermore criticises Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as "very weak" and "a total lack of leadership".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-05-28T10:37:26+00:00
Mark Zuckerberg criticizes Twitter for new fact-checking feature
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the White House in 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the White House in 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC (Public Domain)

In an interview with Fox News, Mark Zuckerberg criticised Twitter for its new fact-checking feature, stating “private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that". He furthermore added that he believes that "Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online".
In a serious of tweets, Twitter's Jack Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg, writing: "We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. [...] This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions."

Politics • American • US
2020-05-27T08:48:37+00:00
Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning label for first time
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet begin tagged with "Get the facts about mail-in ballots"
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet begin tagged with "Get the facts about mail-in ballots" Credit: Donald J. Trump via Twitter

Twitter added a fact-checking warning label to a tweet by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and this is the first time the social media platform has used such a warning for Trump's tweets.
In two tweets, Trump alleged that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent" and result in a "Rigged Election.". Now both of the tweets have a label stating, "Get the facts about mail-in ballots." and a link leading to a page saying the president's tweets are not true.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-05-25T08:13:46+00:00
Workspace and note-taking app Notion has been blocked in China
Screenshot of Notion's front page
Screenshot of Notion's front page Credit: Notion

Notion, the fast-growing workspace and note-taking app, has been blocked in China, according to a tweet by the company: "Notion is blocked by a firewall in China. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to post updates."

Politics • Middle Eastern
2020-05-22T20:12:45+00:00
Son of murdered journalist Khashoggi says that his family forgives the murderers

In a tweet the son of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has announced: "that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty". The journalist was murdered in October 2018 when he went into the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul where he wanted to pick up documents for his planned wedding.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-21T21:24:58+00:00
Sleeping Giants in Brazil reaches 140,000 followers and aims to cut revenue from sites promoting misinformation
Capture of site targeted by Sleeping Giants
Capture of site targeted by Sleeping Giants Credit: Sleeping Giants Brasil

Sleeping Giants Brasil, the Brazilian profile of the activists' organization Sleeping Giants reached 140,000 followers on Twitter since its launch less than a week ago.
The profile alerted local companies such as Dell, TIM Brasil, Telecine, Submarino, PicPay, Banco do Brasil, and Phillips about their programmatic media on sites spreading misinformation.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-05-20T19:38:34+00:00
Twitter test lets users control who can reply to their tweets
Conversation Settings on Twitter
Conversation Settings on Twitter Credit: Twitter

Twitter announced that it’s begun testing a new setting that let users control who can reply to their tweets.
This test phase is open only to a limited group of people globally on Twitter for iOS, Android, and twitter.com.
Quite similar to Facebook’s post view settings, the new featured was previewed earlier this year at CES.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
2020-05-18T18:31:47+00:00
Director Lynn Shelton dies of blood disorder at age 54

Director and filmmaker Lynn Shelton has died of a previously undiagnosed blood disorder on Friday. Shelton, who recently directed the book adaption of Little Fires Everywhere, passed away on March 15 at age 54 in Los Angeles. According to her partner Marc Maron, her death was not Covid-19 related.

Reese Witherspoon shared her condolences on Twitter: "I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday. I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere."

Politics • American • US
2020-05-14T19:35:07+00:00
Trump calls Dr Rick Bright a "disgruntled employee"

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump calls Dr Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a "disgruntled employee". Trump states that he had never met or heard about Bright and that Bright was neither liked or respected by people who he spoke to.

Bright had a filed a whistleblower complaint after he was removed from his position earlier this year. In an interview, Bright told the New York Times, “I am speaking out because to combat this deadly virus, science — not politics or cronyism — has to lead the way".

Health
2020-05-13T20:27:23+00:00
113-year-old woman in Spain beats Covid-19

Maria Branyas, who's believed to be the oldest woman in Spain, has beaten the coronavirus. She was diagnosed positive in March and consequently isolated herself, suffering only from mild symptoms. Her daughter had tweeted that "she is well" and her old self again.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-05-13T11:33:35+00:00
Twitter plans on changing work from home rules permanentely

In an email to the employees of Twitter the CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that he doesn't think the company will go back to the presence work culture it had before and move up the timeline to a fully "distributed" way of work. Only jobs that require physical presence will be exempt from this.

Politics • American • US
2020-05-12T12:56:36+00:00
Trump accuses Obama of "biggest crime in American history" without any details or sources

In a tweet on Mother's Day, Trump accuses Barack Obama of the "biggest crime in American history by far" and saying that "OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!" When asked by reporter Philp Rucker of the Washington Post to clarify his accusation, Trump said "It's been going on for a long time. It's been going on even before I was elected and it's a disgrace that it happened and if you look into what's going on and the misinformation that is being released and from what I understand that's only the beginning," and that "the crime is very obvious to everybody," except for readers of the Washington Post. As of now, it's unclear what crime Trump is referring to or whether it happened.

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
2020-05-12T10:59:15+00:00
Tesla opens California factory - defies Alameda County order

Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that Tesla has reopened its factory in California and that he'll work "on the line with everyone else", claiming in a second tweet that the state of California has permitted the re-opening, but claims that "an unelected county official illegally overrode" the decision without providing further proof.