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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Something’s run a-fowl – it’s the Great Chicken Sandwich Feud!

I woke up this morning thinking about – and even smelling … OK, not really – chicken sandwiches because the Twitter-verse has run a-fowl – get it? – over the …


Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong.


GOP freezes Twitter spending after McConnell account locked

The Republican Party, the Trump campaign and other GOP organizations said Thursday that they are freezing their spending on Twitter to protest the platform’s treatment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

‘Give me a call’: How Spokane-area politicians deal with uncivil comments on their social media accounts

In the wake of a federal court ruling that President Donald Trump was in violation of the First Amendment when he blocked a critic on Twitter, local politicians said they …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

President Donald Trump is applauding far-right social media provocateurs even as he concedes that some of them are extreme in their views


Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

President Donald Trump lost a major Twitter fight when a federal appeals court said he violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Twitter bans ‘dehumanizing’ posts toward religious groups

Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups by using dehumanizing language, a ban it says may extend to other categories like race and gender.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Trump’s next tweet could get a warning label

President Donald Trump’s next tweet might come with a warning label. Starting Thursday, tweets that Twitter deems to involve matters of public interest, but which violate the service’s rules, will …


Twitter deletes accounts linked to foreign governments

Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

U.S. abstains from global pledge to curb online violence

Livestreaming terrorist attacks. Using social media to spread deadly ideas. Manipulating banned videos to keep sharing them online. World leaders and tech bosses are meeting Wednesday in Paris to find …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

A grim preview of a trade war takes shape

In what could be a grim preview of how investors might react to a full-out trade war between the world’s two largest economies, shares in multinational corporations sank Monday after …


NFL extends partnership with Twitter

The NFL and Twitter have announced a multiyear extension, including six new live shows for the league’s 100th season. The six shows will be focused on some of the league’s …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 3:04 p.m.

Musk tweets out another Tesla forecast in midst of SEC talks

Elon Musk, already in hot water over his Twitter use, posted another Tesla production forecast reminiscent of the one that landed him before a federal judge earlier this month.


The ridiculousness of Devin Nunes suing Twitter accounts

Nunes is suing @DevinCow, along with another parody account called @DevinNunesMom, Republican strategist Liz Mair and Twitter as an organization, alleging a concerted effort to defame him and work against …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Elon Musk ordered to tell judge why he’s not in contempt

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has until March 11 to explain to a federal judge in New York why he shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

Twitter said Tuesday it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections this spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and Google.


Twitter reveals its daily active user numbers for first time

In its earnings report released Thursday morning, Twitter said it has 126 million daily active users, a figure that is dwarfed by Facebook’s 1.2 billion daily users and that falls …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Demi Lovato deletes Twitter account over 21 Savage backlash

Singer Demi Lovato has deleted her Twitter account following criticism that she was laughing at memes about 21 Savage.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

How a star chef’s angry MAGA-hat tweet triggered a storm of misleading news

The tweet, sent out on a Sunday, did not make a big splash at the time. By Wednesday, the remark had been retweeted a relatively modest 200 times. But then …


David Von Drehle: Twitter, the crystal meth of newsrooms

Twitter is a drug that insinuates itself into journalists’ vulnerabilities only to leave us toothless and disgraced.


On Twitter, a limited number of characters spreading fake info

A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammered

A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company’s shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year.


Social media and misinformation: It’s a game of whack-a-mole

Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in …


Nigerian army deletes tweet that quoted Trump on protesters

Nigeria’s military is facing criticism after sending out a tweet that appeared to use President Trump’s comments as justification for shooting and killing protesters in the West African nation.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Nothing good comes from tweeting

Couch Slouch: I’m in a bad mood today – Effexor can only unclog the brain drain so much – and most of it is self-inflicted, due to my reluctant, ought-to-know-better, …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour

It took Melania Trump’s first big solo international trip for her to show a different side of herself – a playful, less serious one.


Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

MINNEAPOLIS – Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter’s …


Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people.


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 …