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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 …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.