Have you ever told a fable on Twitter, perhaps for humor's sake or as an accidental faux pas? Ever retweeted something, only to later discover it was false? Soon such tweets will be tested under the watchful eye of Pheme, a lie detector of sorts that aims to determine in real time whether a tweet contains the truth or is a lie.
As protests in Venezuela -- which were recently banned, spurring further unrest -- ramp up, the nation's government has blocked its citizens from seeing photos on Twitter, the microblogging service said today. The move aims to keep users from accessing images from the protests, stifling news and the spread of information.
An updated transparency report has arrived from Twitter today. This report is released on a biannual basis, which means this latest is offering a look at what happened during the second half of 2013. As a whole, the report is showing an increase in government requests. This latest report also arrives as the fourth, which means there is now two years worth of data to consider.
Twitter's 2013 financials may have delivered better-than-expected results but that hasn't stopped the social network's share price from taking a beating in after-hours trading, and that looks to be down to engagement. Although revenue was solid, a stall in new users has some investors spooked, and Twitter's own charts show the root of its problems: getting new sign-ups to log on, and old users to come back.
Twitter has revealed its Q4 2013 and fiscal year 2013 financial results, the first since the company's IPO, with revenue up an impressive 116-percent year-on-year. Q4 revenue reached $243m, Twitter announced, though monthly active users slowed, amounting to 241m at the end of the quarter, little more than the 232m at the end of Q3. Still, the solid performance - better than many expected - has left investors unimpressed, with Twitter's stock price slumping post-announcement.
Late last year, Twitter was on the receiving end of a letter from IBM claiming the microblogging website was infringing on three of its vast trove of patents. IBM proposed an amicable "business resolution" to the budding legal dispute -- teaspoon of honey and all that -- and it seems such a resolution has been struck, with Twitter acquiring more than 900 of the company's patents.
Social journalism has been a growing force as increased connectivity and instant sharing is adopted by larger portions of the Internet. Still, media companies rule the roost, and to make it easier for them to find the bits of news they need from across the Twitter-sphere, the microblogging website has teamed up with CNN and startup Dataminr.