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Twitter Whistleblower Describes Widespread Data Security Lapses
Social Media
Twitter Whistleblower Describes Widespread Data Security Lapses
2022-09-13 20:35:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A former Twitter computer security manager revealed broad mishandling of private data at the social media platform during a Senate hearing Tuesday. He said the lax security endangered the private information of users and potentially of national security.... Read More

Congress
Legislators Demand Answers in Wake of Twitter Whistleblower
2022-08-25 18:35:06
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — In the days since a leaked whistleblower complaint alleged Twitter misled its users and government officials for more than a decade on safety and security features, its CEO Parag Agrawal, is facing questions from Congress. The whistleblower is... Read More

Social Media
Former Twitter Exec: Company Misleads Users and Government
2022-08-23 21:37:26
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — A former Twitter executive made a whistleblower complaint earlier this summer that the company is misleading the government and its users about security on the social media platform. The allegations stem from a 2011 settlement Twitter made with... Read More

Social Media
U.S. Midterms Bring Few Changes From Social Media Companies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media companies are offering few specifics as they share their plans for safeguarding the U.S. midterm elections. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are generally staying the course from the 2020 voting season, which was marred... Read More

Law
Early Loss for Musk as October Date Set for Twitter Trial
2022-07-19 20:29:04
by Madeline Hughes

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Twitter’s lawsuit will move forward in a five-day trial in October, Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick ruled Tuesday. The ruling was a win for Twitter as the company had requested an expedited trial... Read More

Regulation
SEC Questions Musk’s Timing on Twitter Deal
2022-07-15 17:50:10
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began to question Elon Musk about his potential attempt to pull out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter more than a month before he made it official. The questions came... Read More

In The News
Twitter Suing Musk Claiming Attempt to Purchase Company Was ‘Elaborate Joke’
2022-07-13 16:25:32
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Twitter sued Elon Musk Tuesday after the world’s richest man attempted to back out of his $44 billion deal to buy the social media company last week. The company calls his attempt to back out part of a... Read More

Business
Looming Musk-Twitter Legal Battle Hammers Company Shares

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Twitter slid more than 6% at the opening bell Monday after billionaire Elon Musk said that he was abandoning his $44 billion bid for the company and the social media platform vowed to challenge Musk in... Read More

Business
Musk Backs Out of Twitter Deal
2022-07-08 22:50:13
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is officially pulling out of his $44 billion bid to buy Twitter, according to a letter his lawyer sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.  According to his letter, Musk is backing out because Twitter... Read More

Social Media
Twitter Fined $150M for Using Emails, Phone Numbers for Targeted Advertising
2022-05-26 20:28:10
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Twitter has agreed to pay a $150 million fine in a settlement reached with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission for improperly using users’ email addresses and phone numbers for targeted advertising, according to a... Read More

Social Media
Florida Pension Fund Sues to Block Musk Takeover of Twitter
2022-05-06 21:31:58
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Florida pension fund filed a complaint in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Friday asking a judge to rule Twitter can’t close its deal with Elon Musk until, potentially, 2025. The complaint filed by the Orlando, Florida, Police... Read More

Social Media
Questions Abound as Musk Poised to Take Twitter
2022-04-26 21:02:56
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Skepticism is in the air the day after Twitter announced Elon Musk would purchase the company and turn it private. “The scariest thing is we have an ultra-wealthy individual taking control of this without regulations in place,” said... Read More

Media
Can Musk Deliver on His Vision for Twitter? Questions Remain

Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands to be the next owner of Twitter, having pledged roughly $44 billion to buy the social platform and take it private. Assuming that happens, next up on his agenda will be planning how to fulfill his promises... Read More

Business
Elon Musk Seals Deal to Buy Twitter for $44 Billion
2022-04-25 18:43:45
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — After a weekend of intense negotiations, Elon Musk has clinched a deal to become the new owner of Twitter, after convincing the company’s board to accept his $44 billion takeover proposal. Under the terms of the deal, Twitter... Read More

Business
Twitter Adopts 'Poison Pill' Defense to Thwart Musk Takeover 
2022-04-15 18:51:28
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Twitter’s board of directors implemented a poison pill to block the potential hostile takeover of the social media company.  The board’s unanimous vote to deploy its so-called poison pill came the day after Elon Musk publicly made an... Read More

Media
Elon Musk to Join Twitter's Board of Directors
2022-04-05 17:11:09
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is joining the board of directors for Twitter. The company announced Musk’s new role Tuesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission the day after Musk filed that he owns 9.2% of the company’s... Read More

Books
Dwight Chapin, the 'President's Man,' Talks Nixon, Ukraine and More
2022-03-07 21:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — One of my late mother’s favorite stories of my childhood involved my first “vote” in a federal election. It was the fall of 1968 and I was in kindergarten and our teacher, Mrs. Blumberger, decided that in addition... Read More

Social Media
Twitter Algorithms Amplify Conservative Politics
2022-01-11 22:23:41
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Twitter content curated by its personalization algorithms amplifies the mainstream political right more than the left, according to a joint study conducted by the platform’s transparency and accountability team. Researchers undertook a large-scale experiment that analyzed millions... Read More

In The News
Twitter Bans Rep. Greene's Personal Account for COVID Claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Sunday it had banned the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, the latest strike against the firebrand whose embrace of conspiracy theories has been called “a cancer” for... Read More

Social Media
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Stepping Down
2021-11-29 17:04:36
by Dan McCue

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey is stepping aside as the head and CEO of Twitter, believing the social media giant “Is ready to move on from its founders.” Dorsey has faced pressure for months over his decision to serve as... Read More

Social Media
NYU Study Finds Twitter Warnings May Reduce Hate Speech
2021-11-23 14:19:42
by Reece Nations

NEW YORK — Researchers at New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics found that issuing warnings of possible suspensions resulting from the use of hate speech on Twitter reduced the ratio of tweets containing hateful language by up... Read More

Social Media
Twitter Loses in Court Ruling on Releasing FBI Search Data
2021-08-12 19:53:54
by Tom Ramstack

Twitter lost another court battle this week in its effort to publicly release data showing when the FBI tapped into customer communications of the social media giant. Twitter, Inc. wants to release the information for the sake of transparency to... Read More

Social Media
Trump Sues Facebook, Twitter and Google
2021-07-07 18:36:01
by Dan McCue

BEDMINSTER, N.J. - Former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google, and their CEOs on Wednesday, alleging the companies violated his 1st Amendment rights when they banned him and suspended his accounts. “Our case... Read More

Social Media
What's In a Tag? Twitter Revamps Misinformation Labels

Last May, as Twitter was testing warning labels for false and misleading tweets, it tried out the word "disputed" with a small focus group. It didn't go over well.  "People were like, well, who's disputing it?" said Anita Butler, a... Read More

Supreme Court
High Court Dismisses Case Over Trump Bid to Silence Twitter Critics
2021-04-05 20:23:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a case over former President Donald Trump’s efforts to prevent critics from posting to his personal Twitter page, but Justice Clarence Thomas said a high court reckoning with the power of social... Read More

Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
2021-02-26 15:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with... Read More

Social Media
Twitter Permanently Bans Trump, Citing Risk of Inciting Violence
2021-01-08 23:59:30
by Dan McCue

Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump's account Friday night, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.” Twitter initially suspended Trump's account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the... Read More

Social Media
Senators Threaten Regulatory Crackdown on Facebook and Twitter Content Policies
2020-11-18 15:19:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee left little doubt Tuesday that changes are coming to social media giants Facebook and Twitter for their policies on controlling content posted on their websites. Democrats and Republicans at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing accused... Read More

Social Media
Social Media Executives Advocate Against More Government Regulation
2020-10-29 14:39:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chief executive officers of the world’s largest social media companies assured a skeptical U.S. Senate committee Wednesday they try to remain neutral in deciding which Internet content they block. They also advocated against government regulation that could... Read More

Social Media
Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
2020-10-16 14:05:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Social media experts described organized disinformation campaigns on social media as a threat to democracy during a congressional hearing Thursday. Confusion created by the disinformation is leading some Americans to perceive threats to their health, safety or political... Read More

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