By now you’ve likely seen the "selfie" photo taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars. What you might not know is the process that lead up to it - and no, that didn’t just happen to be Ellen’s everyday phone taking a selfie for the fun of it. It is true, on the other hand, that the photo did turn out quite well due to the relative excellence of the device at hand.
Don’t expect one whole heck of a lot of tweets coming out of Venezuela in the immediate future as President Nicolas Maduro’s government has shut down the internet and select TV channels. Having shut down Twitter access for the area this past week, Venezuela’s state-run ISP CANTV has been cut in areas such as San Cristobal. This area is a regional capital in the west of the country and CANTV controls the vast majority of internet connectivity in the area.
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.
Earlier this month, Twitter's new interface rolled out largely to the social network's users following the announcement back in January. It appears this isn't the end of the company's upcoming design changes, however, with some users recently finding their profile pages completely overhauled.
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 holds vast amounts of data, information that has been used by multiple entities in the past to do things from mapping racism to helping form profiles on individuals. In an effort to help with research-based initiatives such as these, Twitter has announced a pilot program called Twitter Data Grants.