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Twitter deleted 125k (mostly) ISIS accounts over last 6 months

Twitter deleted 125k (mostly) ISIS accounts over last 6 months

Twitter has at times been criticized for allegedly allowing extremists' accounts to remain live, though the company regularly squashes those accounts as they surface. In a statement today, Twitter got right at the heart of the matter, saying that since last summer it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts that were promoting or threatening terrorism, and that most of them were related to ISIS.

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Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter users and GIF fans, praise your deity of choice! The social network is currently testing a dedicated button for the internet's new favorite image format, with select users discovering it this week in Twitter's official mobile app. As seen below, those who have the magical button of internet awesomeness find it between the icons for adding regular photos and polls to tweets.

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Twitter’s new update brings pop-out conversations

Twitter’s new update brings pop-out conversations

Twitter has pushed out an update that changes how users interact with tweets, and not everyone is happy about it. Click on a tweet now and rather than being taken to a page with the full conversations, users will now see the tweet and subsequent tweets in a pop-out window with their Twitter timeline behind it. Fancy? Yes. But many are already complaining about usability, saying the move is a step backwards.

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Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

In what was either a momentary hacking or a brilliant use of PR, Peter Molyneux seemed to have been retiring for about 20 minutes this afternoon. In the moments after Molyneux's Twitter confirmed that he'd be taking the game Godus down from Steam AND he'd be retiring from the game industry, major news sources aplenty jumped on the opportunity to report. Not 13 minutes later, Molyneux appeared to have regained control over his Twitter account, suggesting he'd been hacked.

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Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Overnight Twitter was down, resulting in some less-than-thrilled Twitter addicts. As such, a cause was sought! Twitter has, as of this morning at 10AM Pacific Time, figured out what the cause was and has fixed their system to compensate. It would appear that no external factors were at play, only internal. So no worries, only Twitter accidentally breaking on the inside on its own.

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Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Twitter has been sued by Floridian Tamara Fields, the widow of Lloyd Fields, an American who was killed in an ISIS attack in Jordan last year. The lawsuit accuses Twitter of letting ISIS use its platform for attracting new recruits, disseminating propaganda, and raising funds. According to Fields’ lawyer, this may be the first time a social media company has been accused of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, a federal law.

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Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

In this age of smartphones and tablets, information of all kinds is at your fingertips. Information is transmitted so quickly via social media that you can literally watch major events right as they unfold. Well starting today, one of the easiest ways to share and view live video just got a lot easier.

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Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter may move "Beyond 140" within the first quarter of 2016, bringing on 10,000-character Tweets before the end of March. Word comes several months after the first whispers of such an expansion back in September, where the size of Tweets was first mentioned to be growing to the size of Direct Messages in Twitter. Happily it would seem that this limit may be joined by a "Read More" button, but still - keep it simple, stupid, does not seem to be in effect.

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Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

You'd be forgiven for thinking Twitter had forgotten all about its Mac app, but the 140-character social network has squeezed out v4.0 just before 2015 closes. A free download through the Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac 4.0 catches the desktop software up with some of the features its mobile counterparts have been enjoying for months now, like inline video playback.

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Twitter appoints new diversity chief

Twitter appoints new diversity chief

Twitter has appointed a new diversity chief tasked with improving the company’s worker diversity numbers. Twitter was criticized this year for its diversity statistics, being accused of hiring too few female and minority employees -- a criticism many other tech companies face. Jeffrey Siminoff will replace Janet Van Huysse as VP of diversity and inclusion.

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Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

It's been known for some time now that personal drones are the "next big thing," so that means it's time for connections to be made between them and our everyday mundane internet activities. Twitter seems to be the first to step up in the social networking category, as the company has applied for a patent for a drone that interact with Twitter accounts, as well as be controlled by tweets. The patent, titled "messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle," was filed in June of this year and became published last week.

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Twitter emailing some users: government might be hacking you

Twitter emailing some users: government might be hacking you

By now, it's no longer surprising to hear that there might be some state-initiated, even sponsored, cyber activity being undertaken in the interests of national security. Most of the time, these happen in secrecy. Rare and unusual are the times, however, when targets are informed of such activities by companies used as middle men in such incidents. That is precisely what Twitter is apparently doing by supposedly emailing an unknown number of users that they might be the target of some state-sponsored hacking attempts.

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