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Twitter’s Alex Jones ban: Blip in sea of abuse?

Twitter’s decision to permanently ban conspiracy-slinger Alex Jones shows it’s serious about enforcing its policy against abuse. But it has a long way to go.


Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers to Twitter CEO: Get a better system for removing threatening tweets

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers urges Twitter to do a better job of removing offensive tweets to restore the public’s trust.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Twitter CEO says company isn’t biased, wants healthy debate

Twitter’s CEO says the company isn’t biased against Republicans or Democrats and is working on ways to ensure that debate is healthier on its platform.


Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against inciting violence.


Rain pouring, Trump rages on Twitter and hangs with bikers

As rain dumped on his golf club, President Donald Trump raged on Saturday, lashing out at his Justice Department on Twitter before welcoming members of a “Bikers for Trump” fan …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted – as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding …


Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his “Infowars” show, as many other social media platforms have done, saying he …


Musk tweets video parody of Hitler ‘shorting Tesla stock’

Elon Musk is struggling with his own pledge to get a better handle on his use of Twitter, posting a version of an Adolf Hitler clip that lampoons fund managers …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Election crackdown runs into speed-tweeting human ‘bots’

Twitter and other sites also have targeted automated or robot-like accounts known as bots, which authorities say were used to cloak efforts by foreign governments and political bad actors in …


Trump urges end to probe ‘right now,’ setting off new storm

President Donald Trump bluntly declared on Wednesday his attorney general should terminate “right now” the federal probe into the campaign that took him to the White House, a newly fervent …


Do Trump tweets cross legal line for obstruction of justice?

President Donald Trump’s tweet on Wednesday calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russia investigation raises difficult questions about whether Trump’s frequent use of Twitter might be used …


Tim Dahlberg: What is the punishment for offensive tweets?

Sean Newcomb had enough problems explaining the pitch he threw to Chris Taylor when he was within a strike of throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers. Then he had to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered

The company’s stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The 20.5 percent plunge …


No, Twitter will not ban Trump, here’s why

Calls to ban Donald Trump from Twitter are at least as old as his presidency. But it’s not going to happen, at least not while he’s in office.


Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by the Associated Press.


Twitter’s crackdown on fake accounts will make you look less popular

Twitter warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.


Twitter is sweeping out fake accounts like never before, putting user growth at risk

Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Trump sabotages GOP immigration plans in Congress

Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most – on their big immigration overhaul – he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Leach launches air raid on truth with Trumpian Twitter post

WSU fiddles while football coach Mike Leach burns university’s credibility with hoax Obama post on Twitter.


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Leach sets off tweet storm with fake Obama video

Mike Leach sets off a storm of criticism on Twitter with doctored video of Barack Obama speech.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Lawsuit over white nationalist’s Twitter ban clears hurdle

A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Twitter aims to predict what you want to know, when it happens

Twitter will personalize news for users and send them notifications of events, trying to attract a bigger, broader audience with one of its most comprehensive product updates in years.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Trump claim raises eyebrows: North Korea no longer a nuke threat?

America and the world can “sleep well tonight,” President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

Bryan Colangelo resigns as 76ers president

Bryan Colangelo resigned Thursday as president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found was “careless and in some instances reckless” share of …


With Tweet about jobs numbers, Trump breaks yet another taboo

President Donald Trump on Friday shattered several decades of protocol – and possibly violated a federal directive – by hinting strongly that the monthly U.S. jobs report would be a …


Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

The maker of Ambien said Wednesday that “racism is not a known side effect” after Roseanne Barr cited the insomnia drug in explaining the tweet that led ABC to cancel …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Local government officials may be barred from blocking Twitter critics

A federal court ruling in a case involving President Donald Trump and his Twitter account could affect state and local officials throughout the country, said legal experts who study cases …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

What a Washington woman tweeted to Trump to get blocked

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the “interactive space” where people respond to President Donald Trump’s tweets is a “designated public forum” covered by the First Amendment. As such, the …