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Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

When it comes to people who repeatedly break Twitter rules, few are as notable as President Trump himself, who was once briefly (and kinda-sorta accidentally) suspended from the service for a few minutes. Trump is known for his boisterous, sometimes irate, often reckless, tweets; many have called for Twitter to ban him, but the service has so far refused. Until now, it has mostly stayed quiet on its reasons for letting Trump's account remain.

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Trump’s Gorilla Channel, a Twitter joke gone wrong

Trump’s Gorilla Channel, a Twitter joke gone wrong

Yesterday a cartoonist wrote a set of paragraphs about Donald Trump that were shared in a viral manner. The writing included news that Trump had requested a "Gorilla Channel" for his television on the first night he'd entered the White House. The writing was so extremely well crafted that it was mistaken for an excerpt from the new tell-all book "Fire and Fury" about the first nine months of the Trump administration.

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Library of Congress Twitter archive reduced to only important tweets

Library of Congress Twitter archive reduced to only important tweets

Following years of archiving every public tweet ever, the Library of Congress has reduced its Twitter archival goal: it will now only save tweets that it decides are important. That's not to say the archiving was a failure, because it wasn't; the Library of Congress is in possession of all public tweets spanning back 12 years. Going forward, though, the Library of Congress says it will only archive tweets on a "selective basis."

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Twitter two-factor authentication can now use 3rd party apps

Twitter two-factor authentication can now use 3rd party apps

Two-factor, sometimes called two-step, authentication has become one of the favored methods of strengthening logins. Especially considering how humans seem to have an innate tendency to use incredibly weak passwords. But not all 2FAs, as it is abbreviated, are created equal and some, like SMS, are only just a little bit secure than regular passwords. That’s why some sites that use 2FA also allow third-party authenticator apps to provide the second factor. And, finally, Twitter now does as well.

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Twitter Threads make tweet storms an official feature

Twitter Threads make tweet storms an official feature

For as long as Twitter has existed, users have been circumventing its 140 character limit (which, as of last month, is now 280). One way most people do this is through the tweet storm - instead of boiling down opinions, news, or arguments into a single tweet, users will instead create a string of tweets, each one replying to the last, to form a thread of connected thoughts.

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Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Search for a book in Google Search and the top results pane will now feature a section dedicated to audiobooks. As podcasts regain popularity, many people are turning their attention to audiobooks with renewed interest. Life is busy and audiobooks offer a way to "read" when you're on the go, filling those daily commute hours or downtime at the office with chapters from your reading list.

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Contractor who disabled Trump’s Twitter explains what happened

Contractor who disabled Trump’s Twitter explains what happened

Earlier this month, Trump's Twitter account was briefly deactivated, making it impossible to access it or any of its content. The suspension was a brief one, lasting only 11 minutes, but they were enough to inspire both rants and praise. Some had speculated that the deactivation was the result of a rogue employee, but extensive details on what went down were never given.

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OnePlus 5T leaked in full on Reddit and Twitter

OnePlus 5T leaked in full on Reddit and Twitter

OnePlus 5T leaks today seem to have spilled all the beans - specs, photos, and the whole lot. This next-gen smartphone seems to be similar to its predecessor without being nearly as much of a 1:1 comparable device as the 3T was to the 3. Here, OnePlus seems to have given the device the boost it needs not just on the inside, but in its display and around the edges, as well.

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Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Some people’s solution to problems, especially business problems, is to throw more money at the problem. Twitter’s solution to its declining numbers? Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn’t exactly doing it any favors. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

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Twitter gives 280 characters to all: What you need to know

Twitter gives 280 characters to all: What you need to know

This afternoon, Twitter announced they'd be pushing their newly-extended Tweet character limit. No longer 140, the new limit will be 280. While some users complained (apparently), Twitter suggests their study of the first limited-run test showed positive results. Instead of flooding the Twitter-sphere with max-character Tweets up to 280, the first test showed that the percentage of max-character Tweets fell significantly.

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Trump’s Twitter account accidentally deactivated for 11 minutes [UPDATE]

Trump’s Twitter account accidentally deactivated for 11 minutes [UPDATE]

President Donald Trump's Twitter page was deactivated earlier today and people across the Internet rejoiced. Then the page was reactivated 11 minutes later, dashing hopes that it was a permanent decision on Twitter's part. Why the brief downtime? Twitter has just issued a statement, saying that some Twitter worker 'inadvertently' deactivated the account.

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Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been given a stark ultimatum by US lawmakers, as the role each played in Russian gaming of the US election goes under the microscope. The three firms have faced challenging questioning at this week's Senate and House Intel Committee meetings, though arguably nothing so blunt as the deadline laid down by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein this morning. Speaking as part of the Senate Intel Committee, Sen. Feinstein told legal representatives of the trio that if they wouldn't fix things, the government would be forced to step in and do it for them.

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