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Barack Obama’s Charlottesville tweet is now the most-liked in history

A tweet sent by former US President Barack Obama last week just became the most-liked in Twitter’s history.

The tweet was made in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three people dead. It shows a picture of Obama greeting several children of different ethnicities, along with a quote (the first in a series of three) from Nelson Mandela’s biography. At the time of writing, it’s received over 3.4 million likes.

With this tweet, Obama now holds over half of the positions on the list of the top five — indeed, the top ten — most-liked tweets.

The former title-holder was Ariana Grande’s “broken” tweet, made in response to the Manchester bombing. It sucks terribly that two out of the top three most-liked tweets were made in response to awful events, but it might say more about the ability of Twitter users to find consensus in the face of adversity.

Obama tolerance tweet becomes most liked on BBC


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Twitter introduces new policy on ‘intimate media’ to combat revenge porn

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Sharing non-consensual explicit sexual images or videos is a violation of Twitter rules.

In an apparent attempt to crack down on revenge porn, Twitter has introduced a new policy that states that no one can post or share “intimate photos or videos” of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.

While some forms of consensual nudity and adult content are permitted on Twitter, sharing explicit sexual images or videos of someone online without their consent is a violation of the Twitter Rules, failure to adhering to which may result in the temporary locking and/or permanent suspension of an account.

Earlier this year, Twitter was under fire for its slow response to naked photographs that were distributed by Rob Kardashian of his former girlfriend, seemingly without her consent, TechCrunch reported on Saturday.
<![CDATA[]]> The photos circulated on the site for thirty minutes before they were taken down. ALSO READ: Twitter admits it overstated its monthly active user numbers for years

Twitter’s definition of “intimate media” includes content captured with a hidden camera that may involve “nudity, partial nudity, and/or sexual acts”; images that are sometimes called ‘creepshots’ that involve a user being able to see genitalia, buttocks, or breasts of another person; images or videos captured in a private setting and not intended for public distribution; and any other images or videos that may be deemed private.

“We will suspend any account we identify as the original poster of intimate media that has been produced or distributed without the subject’s consent. We will also suspend any account dedicated to posting this type of content,” Twitter warned. ALSO READ: Twitter plans to crack down on abuse, non-consensual nudity and violence: Report


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Twitter admits it overstated its monthly active user numbers for years

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Is this Twitter’s moment of truth?

Twitter will let you post longer tweets from September 19
2017 is certainly not turning out too good for Twitter. The year started with several top executives leaving the company.  Last quarter, Twitter’s revenue growth struggles continued. During Q2, 328 million people around the world used Twitter every month, the same number that used it every month in Q1 2017. However, today, with the announcement of Q3 earnings, Twitter revealed that while it’s actually growing and has added four million monthly users in three months, the company has also goofed up.

The micro-blogging site revealed that it accidentally inflated user growth in its reports for the previous three years. Earlier today, Twitter released its quarterly earnings in a letter to shareholders. In the report, the company wrote that it recently discovered that since the end of 2014, the company mistakenly counted users of Digits, the app is transferred to Google as part of its overall audience for the past year.

However, Twitter has acted upon it and has revised some of its numbers, which registered a loss of a whopping 1 to 2 million active users per quarter since the end of 2016. But Twitter says it failed to adjust user numbers earlier than that because it doesn’t have the data to calculate the reports.
<![CDATA[]]> “These third-party applications used Digits, a software development kit of our now-divested Fabric platform, that allowed third-party applications to send authentication messages via SMS through our systems, which did not relate to activity on the Twitter platform,” it said in a note to shareholders.

Earlier this year, Google parent company Alphabet bought Digits and other developer tools from Twitter. Google has taken over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps. ALSO READ: Twitter testing 280-character limit for tweets and the internet is furious

In this quarter, the company’s overall user base grew by just two million total users over the number it reported in Q2. The company now claims 330 million total users. Twitter reported $590 million in revenue for the quarter, a decline of 4 percent year on year.


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Facebook, Google, and Twitter to appear before Congress in election tampering investigation

Representatives for Facebook, Google, and Twitter will appear in front of congress on November 1st to provide testimony on Russian election interference.

The congressional hearing is one of many government probes into Russian election interference, this one turns its focus on social media’s involvement.

All three tech companies found evidence of ad tampering over the course of internal investigations this year, and subsequently reported those findings to congress.

Facebook reported hundreds of Pages and advertisers tied to a Russian troll farm, which had purchased over 3000 advertisements totaling over $100,000.

Twitter uncovered at least 200 accounts tied to similar ones flagged by Facebook, and hundreds of bots spamming propaganda.

Google, for its part, found thousands of dollars in ads were purchased by Russian agents, and continues to investigate over $50,000 in questionable ad purchases from accounts that haven’t been confirmed to be bad actors yet.

And, to make matter worse, there’s more to worry about than just ad sales or bots. The same meddlers are using malware to hijack our browsers and use our Facebook accounts to like ads and fake-news stories — with us none the wiser.

McAfee labs recently reported “Faceliker” binaries comprised approximately nine percent of malware it detected. That’s nine percent of 52 million – meaning nearly 4.7 million instances of Faceliker were detected.

Vincent Weafer, VP of McAfee Labs, told TNW:

This is unusual because this one isn’t like most other malware. Faceliker is manipulating likes, which is a very specific kind of browser hijacking.

While some government officials – and members of the media – have called on Facebook, Twitter, and Google to do something about Russian interference, there’s an argument to be made that fighting propaganda is, well, everyone’s job.

We asked Weafer how an average Joe or Jane can protect themselves from unwittingly becoming a pawn in the real-life version of “Game of Thrones” that is Russian politics; his answer was terrifying:

Make sure you’re keeping up with patches. Research any tools or anti-virus you’re considering using. Don’t download the first “free tool” you find in the search engine just because its free.

Basically, the same novice IT security tips we’ve been hearing for the last 20 or so years. The reason that’s scary is because it shows we Americans can be counted on to download enough malware to potentially influence an election.

The real problem here is the Russian propaganda plays both sides of the fence. Meddling agents play issues like Black Lives Matter and The 2nd Amendment to anger both liberals and conservatives — just to stoke the divide. As long as American citizens are pissed off at each other the bad actors are accomplishing their mission.

Former State Representative Raj Goyle, CEO of Bodhala, told TNW that the problem wasn’t an easy fix, saying lawmakers have been “asleep at the switch for 20 years.” Goyle also said:

You’ve got this election overseas and there’s evidence that Russians have interfered in that one as well. Facebook and Google are having to explain why they allowed this to happen, but why the hell is a private company in charge of ensuring the integrity of a national election?

The solution to the problem won’t become apparent until we understand the depth of it. It’s not so infuriating that Facebook, Twitter, and Google allowed this to happen – but we need to speed up the investigation and get the cards on the table.

It’s time for the government to get educated on technology and start working with the companies behind it. The current status quo is a system of lobbyists preaching the future and a squad of politicians litigating from the past — and that’s not helping the problem at all today.


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