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Twitter finally slaps Donald Trump with a permanent ban

Twitter finally slaps Donald Trump with a permanent ban

Twitter has joined several other platforms in permanently banning Trump over recent tweets, the company has announced. The decision comes only hours after Twitter unlocked Trump's account, which had been suspended due to three tweets in particular that the company said needed to be deleted. Twitter joins Facebook, Twitch, Snapchat, and a number of other platforms in banning the president.

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Twitter buys Breaker social podcast app to boost new Spaces [UPDATED]

Twitter buys Breaker social podcast app to boost new Spaces [UPDATED]

Twitter has long been trying to find ways to grow beyond its core nature of broadcasting short snippets of text. It bought Vine long before short looping videos became a fad and Periscope when live streaming was just beginning to gain traction. Both are now dead (Periscope shuts down in March) but Twitter has again branched of with Instagram Stories-like Fleets and audio chat Spaces, the latter of which might just get a bit of boost with Twitter's latest acquisition.

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Twitter explains how you’ll get verified in 2021

Twitter explains how you’ll get verified in 2021

Years after removing the option, Twitter announced in November that it will bring back its public verification system next year. The company provided a draft of its new policy related to verification, doing so in an effort to get feedback. In light of the response, Twitter is now back with details on how to get verified -- or keep your verification if you already have it.

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Twitter COVID-19 policy now includes vaccine misinformation

Twitter COVID-19 policy now includes vaccine misinformation

Many people get their news and information faster from social media but the Internet doesn't always come with the guarantee of accuracy or truthfulness. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have been trying to clean up their networks of information that could land them in very hot legal waters. They have so far weathered the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 US Elections but now they are facing the next big challenge: COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

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Twitter rolls back forced Quote Tweet retweeting, admits defeat

Twitter rolls back forced Quote Tweet retweeting, admits defeat

Twitter has made a lot of changes this year, some of them quite controversial, like Stories, er, Fleets, and few of them were actually what users wanted, like editing Tweets. One of the social media giant's small but contentious changes came on the road to the 2020 US Elections and pretty much forced users to Quote Tweet rather than simply retweeting a post. It didn't sit well with Twitter users who also found a way around that anyway. Now Twitter is rolling back that change primarily because it didn't really work the way they presumed it would.

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Periscope is shutting down but it’s OK if you forgot it existed

Periscope is shutting down but it’s OK if you forgot it existed

Unlike its rival Facebook, Twitter doesn't make a big fuss over acquisitions of former rivals. Like Facebook, however, these new properties eventually make their way into the core features of the social network, ultimately leading to their demise. That was the case with Vine, whose legacy pretty much got buried and overshadowed by the likes of Instagram's Stories. Now the same fate is befalling Periscope, although it's a bit surprising that it actually lasted this long as an independent app in an age where live streaming is already the norm.

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Your PlayStation 5 is probably upside-down

Your PlayStation 5 is probably upside-down

This week it's become extra clear that the design of the PlayStation 5 is not particularly intuitive. It became as clear as it is today as the Head of PlayStation Studios posted a photo of his cat attempting to bat at a creature in a game. Below the cat was a PlayStation 5 sitting upside-down.

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Twitter for Android, iOS now support hardware security keys

Twitter for Android, iOS now support hardware security keys

Although it doesn't always get dragged into the spotlight the way Facebook does, when Twitter does get into the news, it often isn't good news. From broken new features to unpopular changes to long-standing requested features, Twitter has had its fair share of controversy, even if in short spurts. Its biggest problem, however, has always been the platform's security and the social media giant has just taken one step forward in ensuring its high-profile users, including its own CEO, don't easily get hacked again.

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Twitter verification is getting a 2021 reboot – This is what’s new

Twitter verification is getting a 2021 reboot – This is what’s new

Twitter will begin its public verifying program again, having hit pause on the controversial process three years ago amid confusion around what the blue check actually means. Currently, some Twitter users are tagged with a blue check-mark badge, which the social network uses to flag those accounts that are authentic.

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Twitter fights misinformation with “like” warnings

Twitter fights misinformation with “like” warnings

Twitter appears to be pulling out all the stops when it comes to fighting misinformation on its social media platform. This week the social network added warnings for users liking posts labeled for misinformation. This adds another mental block between incorrect and otherwise misleading information and the people that'd otherwise be mislead.

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Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Compared to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, Twitter's big changes are relatively more sporadic. It took years for it to extend its 140-character limit and, to this day, still won't let users edit their tweets. When it does push out changes, though, they're often big, controversial, and rarely gets reverted. Its latest feature, an unabashed Snapchat and Instagram Stories clone, is the latest proof of that and so far it has been a disastrous launch, including a potential privacy-violating bug.

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YouTube, Twitter, Facebook team to deal with anti-vax COVID content

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook team to deal with anti-vax COVID content

Three of the biggest social media platforms -- Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube -- have teamed up in anticipation of increased COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, according to a new report. All three platforms have been used to spread fake news and disinformation related to the virus and the vaccine rapidly developed to treat it.

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