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Trump accuses GM of overpromising on breathing machines

President Donald Trump attacked General Motors Friday, alleging that the company promised to build thousands more breathing machines than it can deliver for coronavirus patients and that it wants too …

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Twitter in deal with Silver Lake, Elliott; Dorsey still CEO

Twitter says it’s reached an investment deal with Silver Lake and Elliott Management that will keep Jack Dorsey as the social media company’s CEO.

Twitter flags video retweeted by Trump as ‘manipulated media’

Twitter applied its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on Sunday to a deceptively edited video of former vice president Joe Biden. The video was shared by White …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Trump ignores AG Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

President Donald Trump on Friday ignored his attorney general’s public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, saying he had the legal right to ask the agency to intervene …

Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia

A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties …

New Twitter tool links users to accurate census information

People who search for census-related terms will automatically see a link to the federal government’s census website, which contains information about participating in the census, what information is collected and …

Twitter to label altered media, remove if it may cause harm

Twitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Updates and reactions: Mike Leach signs contract to become new Mississippi State football coach

The Spokesman-Review confirmed a report from Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports stating Washington State football coach Mike Leach and Mississippi State had agreed on a deal just one day after …

Trump sends holiday tweet attacking California governor over homelessness crisis

President Donald Trump spent part of the Christmas holiday attacking California Democrats over the homelessness crisis in their state, adding another volley of tweets to his long-running criticism of one …

Twitter fights interference, deletes 5,929 Saudi accounts

Twitter says it has identified and removed nearly 6,000 accounts that it says were part of a coordinated effort by Saudi government agencies and individuals to advance the country’s geopolitical …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Tweets of the Game: Fans, media and former players react to Gonzaga’s victory over North Carolina

Fans, media and former players react to North Carolina’s first visit to Gonzaga

Vermont police chief admits anonymously trolling critic on Twitter

The police chief in Vermont’s largest city used an anonymous Twitter account to troll a government critic, he admitted this week.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Twitter details political ad ban, admits it’s imperfect

Twitter says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and advocacy for or against political content.

Jason Rezaian: Can Twitter get back on the right side of history?

The Justice Department has just charged two former employees of Twitter with spying for Saudi Arabia. The two appear to have infiltrated the social media giant in an effort to …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Social media platforms and the fate of truth

While Facebook surely deserves the scorn it has received, one wonders whether Twitter’s absolute ban is not overkill.

Twitter pulls back on political ads, but pitfalls await

Twitter announced an end Wednesday to political campaign and issue ads on its service, calling it an important step in reducing the flow of election-related misinformation.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

McMorris Rodgers “closely following” Twitter political ad ban

Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Mitt Romney admits to running secret Twitter account under the alias ‘Pierre Delecto’

For years, Pierre Delecto’s presence on Twitter largely went unnoticed. Operating a bare-bones account with the handle @qaws9876, the user’s limited activity revealed only an interest in politics – namely, …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Twitter: World leaders’ accounts not entirely above policies

Amid calls from some Democrats to suspend President Donald Trump’s account, Twitter says world leaders’ accounts aren’t entirely above its policies and that it will enforce those policies on any …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Times apologizes for tweet, revises Kavanaugh article

President Donald Trump on Monday said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is under assault, following a New York Times story about a sexual misconduct allegation that was revised to reflect …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

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

‘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

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

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

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

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 …